Author & Illustrator

James E. Ransome

Biography

James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations for Before She Was Harriett received the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. His other award-winning titles include Coretta Scott King Honor Book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop; Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; and Let My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award. He frequently collaborates with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome. Some of their titles include Game Changers: The Story of Venus Serena Williams, which received four starred reviews; My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey; and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass. Mr. Ransome teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and lives in upstate New York with his family. Visit James at JamesRansome.com.

Most Popular James E. Ransome Books

Before She Was Harriet book
5.5
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Before She Was Harriet
The Bell Rang book
4.9
family · slavery
The Bell Rang
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams book
4.8
historical figures · sisters · sports · being famous · siblings
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) book
4.3
family · dogs · hats · family history
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)

All James E. Ransome Books

Collaborators

Jerdine Nolen
Lesa Cline-Ransome
Sarah L. Thomson
Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Eric Stein
Michael S Bandy
Jonah Winter

Book Dedications by James E. Ransome

  • For my uncle and aunt, Joe and Shirley Ransome
    Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage

Personal Info

Books Stats

1Authored & Illustrated
9Illustrated

Most Recent Book

Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage book
5.4
slavery · freedom · birds · civil rights movement · war
Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage

Highest Rated Book

Before She Was Harriet book
5.5
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Before She Was Harriet