Lesa Cline-Ransome writes picture book biographies on notable figures such as Frederick Douglass, Helen Keller, Satchel Paige and Louis Armstrong. Her books have garnered honors including a Jane Addams Honor, A Christopher Award and an NAACP Image Award.
Her verse biography of Harriet Tubman, "Before She Was Harriet," received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration. Her 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. Lesa is the host of the KidLit TV series, "Past Present: Giving Past Stories New Life."