Books by Lesa Cline-Ransome

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
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 >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

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." Boulonge was born on a plantation in the West Indies, the son of a Frenchman and a young Senegalese slave. Read full book review >

HELEN KELLER by Lesa Cline-Ransome
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2008

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
SPORTS
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 >

MAJOR TAYLOR, CHAMPION CYCLIST by Lesa Cline-Ransome
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

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
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

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
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

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

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 >