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.

Gridiron: Stories from 100 Years of the National Football League
Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage
Overground Railroad
Granddaddy's Turn
The Bell Rang
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Before She Was Harriet
My Story, My Dance
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio
Words Set Me Free

Most Popular James E. Ransome Books

    Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)
    Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, James E. Ransome
    Overground Railroad
    Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome
    Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
    Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome
    The Bell Rang
    James E. Ransome
    Words Set Me Free
    Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome
    Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born
    Deloris Jordan, James E. Ransome

Book Stats

1
Authored
15
Illustrated
10
Collaborators

All James E. Ransome Books

YearTitleAuthorPages
2020Gridiron: Stories from 100 Years of the National Football LeagueFred Bowen112
2020Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and CourageJerdine Nolen32
2020Overground RailroadLesa Cline-Ransome48
2019Granddaddy's TurnMichael S Bandy, Eric Stein32
2019The Bell RangJames E. Ransome40
2018Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena WilliamsLesa Cline-Ransome48
2017Before She Was HarrietLesa Cline-Ransome32
2015My Story, My DanceLesa Cline-Ransome48
2014Joltin' Joe DiMaggioJonah Winter40
2012Words Set Me FreeLesa Cline-Ransome32
2010Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are BornDeloris Jordan32
2008What Lincoln SaidSarah L. Thomson32
2005Under the Quilt of NightDeborah Hopkinson40
1995Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard31
1993Uncle Jed's Barbershop40

Collaborators

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Lesa Cline-Ransome
Deloris Jordan
Michael S Bandy
Eric Stein
Fred Bowen
Deborah Hopkinson
Jerdine Nolen
Sarah L. Thomson
Jonah Winter

Book Dedications by James E. Ransome

  • To Tom Feelings and his Middle Passage, and to a true role model, Ida Williams Thomspon.
    The Bell Rang
  • For my uncle and aunt, Joe and Shirley Ransome
    Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage