RANSOME & LESA CLINE-RANSOME
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Children's Book Council named James E. Ransome as one of seventy-five
authors and illustrators everyone should know. Currently a member
of the Society of Illustrators, Ransome has received both the
Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award
for his book, The Creation. He has also received a Coretta
Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for Uncle Jed's Barbershop,
which was also selected as an ALA Notable Book. Uncle
Jed's Barbershop as well as How Many Stars in the Sky?
and Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt are all Reading
Reading Rainbow selections. PBS's Storytime featured his book,
The Old Dog. Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire
State Building, written by Deborah Hopkinson was among the
2007 Notable Children's Books.
has exhibited works in group and solo shows throughout the country
and received The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance award for
his book, The Wagon. In 1999, Let My People Go
received the NAACP Image Award for Illustration and Satchel
Paige was reviewed in Bank Street College of Education's
"The Best Children's Books of the Year." He has completed a mural
for the Children's Museum in Indianapolis and a historical painting
commissioned by a jury for the Paterson, NJ Library. His work
is part of both private and public children's book art collections.
For the body of his work, James received the 2001 Rip Van Winkle
Award from the School Library Media Specialists of Southeast New
"What makes illustrating books so exciting," Ransome
has said, "is that because each book has a special voice,
my approach toward each is different. Whether it be through my
choice of palette, design or perspective, there is always a desire
to experiment and explore what makes each book unique."
in Rich Square, North Carolina, James Ransome earned a Bachelor
of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, where he met his mentor, Jerry
Pinkney. Ransome went on to teach at Pratt Institute himself,
even as he continues his work as an illustrator. He also frequently
lectures at elementary schools, libraries and book conferences.
Born in Malden, MA, Lesa Cline-Ransom also graduated with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, where she met James. She received
my M.A. from NYU in Elementary Education. Her book, Young Pele,
was nominated for an NAACP award.
James and Lesa not live in upstate New York with their St. Bernard,
Nola. They have four children: Jaime, Maya, Malcolm and Leila.
is the studio that James works in:
Lesa in her office: