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James E. Ransome Books In Order

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Publication Order of Children's Books

The Old Dog (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Do Like Kyla (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aunt Flossie's Hats (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Lights in the Night (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Creation (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncle Jed's Barber Shop (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Dancing Shoes (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hummingbird Garden (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Wore Snakes (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Best Shoes (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bonolo and the Peach Tree (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
That Cat! (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bonesy and Isabel (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Celie and the Harvest Fiddler (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freedom's Fruit (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eli and the Swamp Man (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Day, Light Night (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wagon (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bimmi Finds a Cat (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jukebox Man (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Your Move (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let My People Go (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of the Stones (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quinnie Blue (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Visiting Day (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Building a New Land (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Animals Saved the People (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peepers (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Quilt of Night (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl (By: Virginia Hamilton) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pride of African Tales (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sky Boys (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Is the Wind (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Is the Dream (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Lincoln Said (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Our Children Can Soar (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baby Blessings (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gunner, Football Hero (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Joyful Christmas (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Red Bike! (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Grandmama Sings (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Teacher (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Tugboat (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Is the Rope (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Granddaddy's Turn (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Name Is Truth (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nutcracker in Harlem (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be a King (By: Carole Boston Weatherford) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bell Rang (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Patricia C. McKissack Chapter Books

with Patricia McKissack, Frederick L. McKissack
Let My People Go (With: Patricia McKissack) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miami Gets It Straight (By: Patricia McKissack,Frederick L. McKissack) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amistad (By: Patricia McKissack) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ann Turner Children's Books

Dakota Dugout (By: Ann Turner,Ronald Himler) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nettie's Trip South (By: Ann Turner) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time Of The Bison (By: Ann Turner) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hedgehog for Breakfast (By: Ann Turner) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Katie's Trunk (By: Ann Turner,Ronald Himler) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stars for Sarah (By: Ann Turner) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apple Valley Year (By: Ann Turner) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel Hide and Seek (By: Ann Turner,Lois Ehlert) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Drummer Boy: Marching to the Civil War (By: Ann Turner,Mark Hess) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Be Animals (By: Ann Turner) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Flower Goes West (By: Ann Turner) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heron Street (By: Ann Turner) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets From The Dollhouse (By: Raúl Colón,Ann Turner) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Abe Lincoln Remembers (By: Wendell Minor,Ann Turner) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Heart (By: Ann Turner) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shaker Hearts (By: Ann Turner) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia: What I Learned of Freedom, 1776 (By: Ann Turner,Mark Hess) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pumpkin Cat (By: Ann Turner,Amy June Bates) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sitting Bull Remembers (By: Wendell Minor,Ann Turner) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sewing Quilts (By: Ann Turner) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Name Is Truth (With: Ann Turner) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Reading Rainbow Books

Over the River and Through the Wood (By: Lydia Maria Francis Child,Christopher Manson) (1844)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kenny's Window (By: Maurice Sendak) (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crictor (By: Tomi Ungerer) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through Grandpa's Eyes (By: Patricia MacLachlan,Deborah Ray) (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Puppy Is Born (By: Joanna Cole,Margaret Miller,Jerome Wexler) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Have a Sister--My Sister is Deaf (By: Deborah Kogan Ray) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mummies Made in Egypt (By: Aliki) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eats (By: Arnold Adoff) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Could Be Worse! (By: James Stevenson) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just Us Women (By: Pat Cummings,Jeannette Franklin Caines) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (By: Marc Simont,Karla Kuskin) (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Medieval Feast (By: Aliki) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery on the Docks (By: Thacher Hurd) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon (By: Tracey Campbell Pearson) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Truck Song (By: Diane Siebert) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Days On A River In A Red Canoe (By: Vera B. Williams) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dabble Duck (By: Sue Truesdell,Anne Leo Ellis) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
George Shrinks (By: William Joyce) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maps and Globes (By: Jack Knowlton,Harriett Barton) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paper Crane (By: Molly Bang) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lights! Camera! Action!: How a Movie is Made (By: Gail Gibbons) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shoes (By: Elizabeth Winthrop,Illustrated by William Joyce) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honey, I Love And Other Poems (By: Eloise Greenfield) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How a Book Is Made (By: Aliki) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Like the Music (By: Leah Komaiko,Barbara Westman) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (By: John Steptoe) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bugs (By: Nancy Winslow Parker,Joan Richards Wright) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Read Signs (By: Tana Hoban) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Enchanted Hair Tale (By: Alexis De Veaux) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunken Treasure (By: Gail Gibbons) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Storms (By: Seymour Simon) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies (By: Ann Turner,James Graham Hale) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Galimoto (By: Karen Lynn Williams,Catherine Stock) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Many Stars in the Sky? (With: Lenny Hort) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sophie and Lou (By: Petra Mathers) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Katz and Tush (By: Patricia Polacco) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Home (By: Michael J. Rosen,Franz et al Brandenberg) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Water, Water Everywhere (By: Mark J. Rauzon) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo (By: William Joyce) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mama Don't Allow (By: Thacher Hurd) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

James E. Ransome is an artist and illustrator. He was born in North Carolina in Rich Square. He grew up in what he calls the rural South.

Because there simply were not that many around, he did not have the chance to visit museums or art galleries. He admits that he does not recall exactly when he first became interested in art. He does know that his early drawings were of different hot rods and copied images from either the Bible or comic books.

He would read from the Bible to his grandmother when he was young. The illustrations would come to his mind as he read, and his imagination would be filled up with dramatic scenes. He would also create his own stories after reading Mad magazine, featuring himself as well as his friends.

At his school, they unfortunately did not have any classes available for art. He started to borrow books that taught you how to draw from the library and taught himself, tuning into shows on television that went over artists, art, and more. He enrolled in a course found in a comic book back section that did help him get the basics about cartoons and how to draw them when he was younger.

When he got older, he found that the television images that he saw were impressive. He loved the cinematography of it all and was fascinated by how the scenes would be set up. He had an instant interest in film making as a result.

The author moved to New Jersey to Bergenfield after his first year of high school. At his new school, he at last had the chance to develop his skills by taking classes in photography as well as film making. These courses had a great impact that would go on to influence the illustration styles that he used. In the subject of photography, he was able to find out how different approaches like value and perspective could have on an image.

Film making showed him the ways that you could change the story pace with angles of camera and more. He produced several films and liked working on his own, animating his own film visions. He would go on to take a class in painting and drawing at the suggestion of his film teacher that ended up sparking his interest in it once more.

He attended Pratt Institute and lived in Brooklyn, graduating with his Bachelors. He discovered different artists in his art history classes that had a huge influence on his personal painting style. He also met Jerry Pinkney, an illustrator that motivated him with what he had been able to accomplish and his work. He has since become a friend and mentor.

He likes illustrating books because every book has a voice. He has a different approach when it comes to each book. He lives in New York with his wife who also writes books for children. They have worked on a lot of books together. The two of them have a dog as well as four children together.

He has been illustrating for a long time and has received many honors, awards, and general recognition. Ransome has been named one of 75 authors as well as illustrators that people should know by the Children’s Book Council.

He has received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrating (and an honor award for his work illustrating Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, which was also named a Notable Book by the ALA). Barbershop was also featured on the television show for children, Reading Rainbow, as have other books that he has done work on (How Many Stars, Sweet Clara). on the PBS show Storytime also featured The Old Dog. He also received an IBBY Honor Award for The Creation.

He has shown his works in shows both solo and group all over the United States. He has received an N.A.A.C.P.’s Image Award for his illustrations in 1999. His book Satchel Paige, composed along with his wife, has been widely praised and named to be one of the year’s best children’s book selections.

This illustrator and artist was also acknowledged in 2001 by the School Library Media Specialists with an award for his total body of work (an award named after character and literary feature Rip Van Winkle).

James has received several more awards as well. In 2002 he had the honor of receiving an award for having the year’s best book from S.E.B.A., and his book Visiting Day also received some attention that year by being named one of ten top diversity books. James received an executive arts award in 2004 for his work as a solo artist by a local art association in Dutchess County.

In addition to composing artwork and illustration for books, Ransome has also done some interesting work with public art! He has been commissioned to work on several murals in Indianapolis by the Children’s Museum. He has done the same in Cincinnati and Greensboro, North Carolina for an Underground Railroad center and a library, respectively.

He was also commissioned to make a historical painting for a library in New Jersey. His work has also been featured on a poster that was designed to celebrate the anniversary of Brown versus The Board of Education. His Visual Stories traveling exhibit has been making its way around the whole of the United States ever since 2003. He has also had his work featured in art collections for children’s books, both public and private.

James E. Ransome has done the new illustrations for the book The Old Dog. Originally published in 1974, this book is about a dog that loved playing and running and jumping. Ben loves his dog, and she’s the best friend anyone could ever have. But as he grows older, so does his dog. This is a sweet but sad book so only read if you know you’ll be prepared!

He has also illustrated Do Like Kyla, originally published in 1990. This is a cute book about two sisters that imitate each other. Older sister Kyla is the model for how to do everything, and her little sister does everything that her big sister does. Check out this book if you are looking for something fun to read with your kids!

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