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Publication Order of Children's Books

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

Publication Order of Ann Turner Children's Books

Dakota Dugout (By: Ann Turner,Ronald Himler) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nettie's Trip South (By: Ann Turner) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time Of The Bison (By: Ann Turner) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hedgehog for Breakfast (By: Ann Turner) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies (By: Ann Turner,James Graham Hale) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Katie's Trunk (By: Ann Turner,Ronald Himler) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stars for Sarah (By: Ann Turner) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apple Valley Year (By: Ann Turner) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dust for Dinner (By: Ann Turner,Robert Barrett) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angel Hide and Seek (By: Ann Turner,Lois Ehlert) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drummer Boy: Marching to the Civil War (By: Ann Turner,Mark Hess) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Let's Be Animals (By: Ann Turner) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Flower Goes West (By: Ann Turner) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heron Street (By: Ann Turner) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets From The Dollhouse (By: Raúl Colón,Ann Turner) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Abe Lincoln Remembers (By: Wendell Minor,Ann Turner) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Heart (By: Ann Turner) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shaker Hearts (By: Ann Turner) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia: What I Learned of Freedom, 1776 (By: Ann Turner,Mark Hess) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pumpkin Cat (By: Ann Turner,Amy June Bates) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sitting Bull Remembers (By: Wendell Minor,Ann Turner) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sewing Quilts (By: Ann Turner) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Name Is Truth (With: Ann Turner) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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