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James E. Ransome Books In Order

Publication Order of Children’s Books

How Many Stars in the Sky? (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All the Lights in the Night (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bonolo and the Peach Tree (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Do Like Kyla (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Wore Snakes (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hummingbird Garden (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Red Dancing Shoes (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncle Jed's Barbershop (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Best Shoes (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
That Cat! (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freedom's Fruit (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Celie and the Harvest Fiddler (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Old Dog (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bonesy and Isabel (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bimmi Finds a Cat (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eli and the Swamp Man (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Day, Light Night (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let My People Go (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Your Move (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jukebox Man (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uncle Jed's Barbershop (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wagon (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of the Stones (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quinnie Blue (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peepers (Rise and Shine) (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Animals Saved the People (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quilt Alphabet (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Under the Quilt of Night (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Satchel Paige (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pride of African Tales (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Building a New Land (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Is the Wind (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Helen Keller: The World in Her Heart (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Lincoln Said (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Our Children Can Soar (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Is the Dream (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baby Blessings (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gunner, Football Hero (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Young Pele (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Before There Was Mozart (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Words Set Me Free (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sky Boys (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Grandmama Sings (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Teacher (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Tugboat (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Light in the Darkness (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Is the Rope (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Story, My Dance (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Visiting Day (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Freedom's School (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
My Name Is Truth (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Just a Lucky So and So (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Before She was Harriet (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nutcracker in Heaven (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Red Bike! (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Be a King (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Game Changers (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Creation (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bell Rang (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Granddaddy's Turn (2019) 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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