Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Story Behind Their Stories with Lesa Cline-Ransome

Date(s) - 09/15/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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In this webinar, award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome will explore how to craft authentic and innovative picture book biographies and historical fiction by blending research techniques and a personal lens to bring your subjects to life on the page and beyond. The webinar will last for one hour, with an additional time of up to one-half hour for Q&A.

Lesa Cline-Ransome’s first book was the biography  Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year.  She later created Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, Young Pele,  Words Set Me Free,  Just a Lucky So and So:  The Story of Louis Armstrong and Germs:  Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes, Game Changers:  The Story of Venus and Serena Williams,  The Power of Her Pen:  The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel Payne,  Not Playing by the Rules:  21 Female Athletes Who Changed Sports and Overground Railroad.  Her verse biography of Harriet Tubman, Before She Was Harriet received five starred reviews, was nominated for an NAACP image award, and received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration.  Her debut middle grade novel, Finding Langston, was the 2019 winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and received the Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor.  The sequel, Leaving Lymon released in Spring 2020.

Lesa’s books have received numerous honors and awards including NAACP Awards , Kirkus Best Books, ALA Notable, CBC Choice Awards,  two Top 10 Sports Books for Youth,  and an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York with her husband, and frequent collaborator, James Ransome and their family.  Visit her at

Among other places, Lesa’s books may be purchased from independent bookstore Scrawl Books in Virginia. Here is the link:

The webinar will be made available to those who registered for the live version to view for 30 days after the webinar is held.

Photo: John Halpern 2018