Books by Lesa Cline-Ransome

MY STORY, MY DANCE by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An ongoing success story for all readers and especially Ailey's worldwide legion of fans. (foreword by Battle, author's note, illustrator's note, bibliography, further reading, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Only the third person to direct the esteemed and much-loved American dance company, Battle represents a strong line that celebrates African-American music, faith, and dance. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This inventive look at maritime history has significant modern child appeal. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
The young first mate on the Cuffee sightseeing boat, descendant of generations of men who worked whaling ships, compares whaling long ago with a whale-watching excursion today.Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S SCHOOL by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Readers don't need to have been recently emancipated to understand this eloquent testament to the overriding importance of school. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Emancipation means education. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2014

"A solid exploration of a resonant musical partnership at a historically significant moment in American music. (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
This married author-illustrator team (Light in the Darkness, 2013, etc.) here highlights the innovative, barrier-breaking collaboration of African-American Wilson and Jewish-American Goodman. Read full book review >
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A compelling story about those willing to risk '[a] lash for each letter.' (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A slave mother and her daughter learn to read in spite of the great danger inherent in their enterprise. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A solid effort that offers young readers a glimpse into the lives of children in the time of slavery and appreciate the development of a most notable life. (author's note, bibliography, timeline) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
For the enslaved child who grew up to be Frederick Douglass, learning to read led to freedom and a life of activism committed to abolition. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"That quibble notwithstanding, this is a story that needed to be told. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
In the spirit of their earlier collaboration (Young Pele: Soccer's First Star, 2007) the husband-and-wife team introduce readers to the life of a relative unknown: Joseph Boulogne, often known as "the Black Mozart." Read full book review >
HELEN KELLER by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: July 1, 2008

"A nice introduction to a fascinating life for the very youngest of readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Helen Keller cannot hear, see or speak, but she knows the scent of vanilla cake coming out of the oven, the feel of her mother's fancy silk dress and that the dog is tense because the horses are outside. Read full book review >
YOUNG PELÉ by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

While eight-year-old Edson do Nascimento's classmates are learning the alphabet and math, he is dreaming about playing soccer. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An author's note summarizes Taylor's life after 1901, discusses the racial climate of turn-of-the-20th-century cycling, and cites sources. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Glorious, light-filled oils are not enough to save this lackluster picture book biography of "Major" Marshall Taylor, the first African-American world-champion cyclist. Read full book review >
QUILT COUNTING by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Will wrap readers in its warmth. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cline-Ransome and Ransome (Quilt Alphabet, 2001) team up again and count a colorful homage to quilts and the memories they hold. Read full book review >
QUILT ALPHABET by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"Nonetheless, the graphic appeal is so strong that youngsters in groups or on their own should be drawn to the pictures and to guessing the names of the objects. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rich illustrations and a rhyming text create a puzzle for each letter of the alphabet, inviting a young reader to guess what word the letter might represent. Read full book review >
SATCHEL PAIGE by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"The green and gold of the field, the long, tall image of Satchel in his uniform against a deep blue sky, and the bodies of baseball players coiled or unleashed make a fine counterpoint to the lyrical telling. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Few characters in sports have so vivid or memorable a personality as Satchel Paige, even in the era of Michael Jordan; Cline-Ransome's storytelling captures that personality with the rhythms of a folktale, while her husband's oil paintings are strong and sure. Read full book review >