Lesa Cline-Ransome’s first book was the biography Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year. She later created Quilt Alphabet, a collection of alphabet poems, Quilt Counting, Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, Young Pele, Words Set Me Free, Light in the Darkness, Freedom’s School, Just a Lucky So and So, Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes and Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams. Her verse biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet, received five starred reviews, was nominated for an NAACP image award, and received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration. Finding Langston, her debut middle grade novel received the 2019 Scott Award for Non Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor. The sequel, Leaving Lymon, will be released in 2020. Her newest picture book biography is Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician.
Lesa’s books have received numerous honors and awards including NAACP Awards, Kirkus Best Books, ALA Notable, CBC Choice Awards, two Top 10 Sports Books for Youth, a Jane Addams, Christopher Award and an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with her husband, illustrator and frequent collaborator, James Ransome and their family. Visit her at www.lesaclineransome.com.
October 1, 2019