Lesa Cline-Ransome

PAL Member


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,   Just a Lucky So and So:  The Story of Louis Armstrong, Germs:  Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes , Game Changers:  The Story of Venus and Serena Williams, The Power of Her Pen and Of Walden Pond: Henry David Thoreau, Frederic Tudor and the Pond Between.  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, received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor.  Leaving Lymon and Being Clem completed the Finding Langston series. For Lamb is her debut YA novel set in Jim Crow Mississippi. Lesa is currently serves on SCBWI's Advisory Council and is the host of KidLit TV's Past Present series. 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.


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