Author & Illustrator

James E. Ransome

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

Most Recent Book
Granddaddy's Turn book

"About" from Simon & Schuster Summer 2018 Catalog

picture Books

Granddaddy's Turn book
grandpa · race and ethnicity · family · civil rights movement · farms · history
Granddaddy's Turn
Bell Rang book
slavery · family
Bell Rang
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams book
historical figures · sisters · sports · being famous · siblings
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Before She Was Harriet book
Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Before She Was Harriet
African Americans · dance
My Story, My Dance
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio book
historical figures · baseball · New York
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio
Words Set Me Free book
boats · reading · historical figures · African Americans
Words Set Me Free
Abraham Lincoln
What Lincoln Said
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) book
family · dogs · hats · family history
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)


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