ABOUT LESA CLINE-RANSOME

  • 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 Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, Young Pele,  Words Set Me Free,  Light in the Darkness, Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson, Light in the Darkness,  Freedom’s School, My Story, My Dance, Just a Lucky So and So:  The Story of Louis Armstrong and 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.  Her debut middle grade novel, Finding Langston, was the 2019 winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and received the Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor.  The sequel, Leaving Lymon released in Spring 2020.  

    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,  and an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with her husband, and frequent collaborator, James Ransome and their family.  Visit her at www.lesaclineransome.com.