March 2022

Lesa Cline-Ransome



John Halpern

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." 

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Scheduled events:
Looking Back, Moving Forward through Relationships
Looking back can facilitate our ability to move ahead through the healing influence of relationships. Three best-selling middle-grade authors show how friendships affect a bully, the search to reconnect with the past and the consequences of a school shooting. All three books are highly anticipated new books from award-winning authors.

Helios Education Foundation Children/Teen Stage (Seats 1000)
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Children / Teens
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Panelists: Lesa Cline-Ransome, Kimberly Willis Holt, Jasmine Warga
Moderator: Desiree Cueto
Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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