The Children’s Book Council named James E. Ransome as one of seventy-five authors and
illustrators everyone should know. An award-winning illustrator of over sixty books, he received
the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustrations for his book, The Creation and has received
several Coretta Scott Honors for many of his other books as well as being the recipient of The
Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance award, the NAACP Image Award for Illustration, and is
an ALA Notable Book recipient. His body of work received the Rip Van Winkle Award from the
School Library Media Specialists of Southeast New York in 2001. He lives in Rhinebeck, New
York with his wife Lesa Cline Ransome, a writer of children’s books.