Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome have collaborated on several award-winning picture books for children. Their Quilt Alphabet was praised as "a blue-ribbon ABC book" in a Publishers Weekly starred review. They live with their children in New York.

  • Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Illustrated by James E. Ransome

    Read by Sean Crisden

    Taking the Stage As the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History

    "A solid exploration of a...historically significant moment in American music." - Kirkus Reviews.

    "The true story of jazz musicians Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson is told in deep blues and gold with splashes of red throughout. The lyrical prose infuses the book with the spirit of jazz... The biographical back matter will give readers more insight into all of the musicians mentioned and shed light on how a love of music helped the two break down color lines." - School Library Journal

    Released December 30, 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Read by Sean Crisden

    Taking the Stage As the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History

    "A solid exploration of a...historically significant moment in American music." - Kirkus Reviews.

    "Ransome's line-and-watercolor pictures also flow with movement and color. Kids drawn in by the story of the young artists will go on to ponder the history." - Booklist

    Released December 30, 2014
    English, Unabridged

  • Just a Lucky So and So

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Illustrated by James E. Ransome

    Read by Arnell Powell

    This tribute to Louis Armstrong tells the story of a virtuoso musician who personified jazz.

    "A solid choice for school libraries and collections looking to freshen up biography collections." - School Library Journal

    Released August 16, 2016
    English, Unabridged

  • Before She was Harriet

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Illustrated by James E. Ransome

    Read by Mia Ellis

    A lush biography of Harriet Tubman, illustrated by an award-winning artist.

    Starred Review. "A memorable, lyrical reverse-chronological walk through the life of an American icon. While the text introduces readers to the details of Tubman's life, Ransome's use of watercolor...reveals Tubman's humanity, determination, drive, and hope." - Kirkus Reviews

    Released February 16, 2018
    English, Unabridged

  • Finding Langston

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Read by Dion Graham

    A powerful story set in Chicago's South Side about a boy who discovers the poetry of Langston Hughes

    "Cline-Ransome, lauded for her picture books including Booklist’s 2018 Top of the List title, Before She Was Harriet, proves herself here an adept novelist, one with keen insight into the human condition. Every character, child and adult, is layered, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that the writing is spare. Emotions and relationships are teased out through quiet details and glimmers of understanding, but the impact on the reader could not be more powerful." - Booklist, Starred Review

    Released August 14, 2018
    English, Unabridged