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On January 17th three of our favorite children's book author/illustrators are celebrating not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR new books - so we're having a party to celebrate!
Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome have paired up to create several acclaimed picture books, including Satchel Paige, Young Pele, Quilt Alphabet, Before There Was Mozart, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson, and Light in the Darkness. Lesa is also the author of Before Now, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Freedom was inspired by her research into African American education immediately following the Emancipation Proclamation.
James E. Ransome has illustrated nearly fifty books for children, including The Creation, a Coretta Scott King Award Book; Uncle Jed's Barbershop, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; This Is the Dream; and A Pride of African Tales, an NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. His traveling exhibit Visual Stories has been touring the United States since 2003. The Children's Book Council named him one of seventy-five authors and illustrators everyone should know. Lesa and James live in Rhinebeck, New York, with their four children and their Saint Bernard, Nola.
G. Brian Karas is the prolific, versatile, and award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and The Apple Orchard Riddle. He also illustrated Neville by Norton Juster; Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming, which received four starred reviews; Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Home on the Bayou, recipient of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; and Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming.
About the books
In FREEDOM'S SCHOOL (Disney-Hyperion), when Lizzie's parents are granted their freedom from slavery, Mama says its time for Lizzie and her brother Paul to go to a real school--a new one, built just for them. Lizzie can't wait. The scraps of learning she has picked up here and there have just made her hungry for more.
My Name Is Truth (Harper Collins), is the first collaboration between author Ann Turner, who has written two ALA Notable Children's Books, and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator James Ransome. It tells the celebrated story of how former slave Isabella Baumfree transformed herself into the preacher and orator Sojourner Truth.
WHALE TRAILS, BEFORE & NOW (Henry Holt) is narrated by a little girl out on the waves with her father, and is a story of marine history and the differences between then and now. In the past, whaling ships hunted these animals to use their blubber for fuel and their bones for fishing hooks. As the whale population thinned, fortunately hunting ceased. Now, whale lovers go out on boats just to get a glimpse of these giant endangered creatures.
A Poem in Your Pocket (Penguin Random House) features Mr. Tiffin and his students, stars of the hugely popular How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? and The Apple Orchard Riddle. This time, poetry-from metaphors to acrostics to haiku-is the name of the game. The focus here is on Elinor, whose confidence falters as she tries to write something "perfect" for Poem in Your Pocket Day and impress a visiting poet.
Location: Street: 6422 Montgomery St., Suite 6 City: Rhinebeck, Province: New York Postal Code: 12572-0482 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)