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CAPTURING AN AMERICAN ICON
by Julie Danielson

Husband and wife author and illustrator pair Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome have a whole slew of picture books under their belt, over a dozen books she’s written and he’s illustrated, many of them biographies.

But their newest, Before She Was Harriet, which will be on shelves next week, may be their best work to date. It’s a portrait of ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MY STORY, MY DANCE by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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CHILDREN'S
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 >

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NEW RED BIKE! by James E. Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The very brief text and simply drawn figures suspended in generous quantities of white space give this a superficially appealing look, but Ander's Me and My Bike (2008) or Cari Best's Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen, illustrated by Christine Davenier (2006), convey a fledgling bicyclist's joy more effectively and coherently. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A usually accomplished illustrator tries for extreme simplicity and takes a header with this confused and confusing episode. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM'S SCHOOL by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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QUILT COUNTING by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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MY NAME IS TRUTH by Ann Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"When used in concert with other sources, a powerful life of a determined woman who rose from slavery to preach for freedom. (author's note, photograph, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
An American story of an extraordinary woman. Read full book review >

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JOLTIN' JOE DIMAGGIO by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Hero worship abounds, but even within this context, the book scores a home run. (author's note, stats, sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
The great Joe DiMaggio still holds fascination for modern fans. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE ROPE by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"A quiet affirmation of a strong and close-knit family that, along with so many other African-Americans, found a better life as part of the Great Migration. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
With great affection, a Brooklyn girl tells the story of her grandmother, mother and a rope that forms a bond across three generations. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE QUILT OF NIGHT by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"An excellent introduction to the topic for a younger audience. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Hopkinson and Ransome team up once again with a stunning tale about one family's trip on the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >