2022 Legacy Award Honors Lesa Cline-Ransome

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The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) is pleased to announce it is awarding Lesa Cline-Ransome with the 2022 Legacy Award. This award recognizes the impact she has made in children’s literature. The Legacy Reception will be on Monday, October 17 at 4pm at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, NY. The reception will cap a day of education and networking for NAIBA booksellers in Rhinebeck.

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“Independent bookstores are the heart of any community, giving life to each person who enters and sustaining authors at every stage of their journey. I am honored to accept this award from NAIBA on behalf of every bookseller that continues to nourish me and all writers and readers, celebrating our continued love of learning, growing, imagination, and the need for connection through the power of story,” said Cline-Ransome upon hearing the news of this award.  

Kirsten Hess, owner, Let’s Play Books Bookstore, Emmaus, PA, shared her love for Cline-Ransome and her books. “She has an incredible gift for storytelling. Not only in her ability to tell a great story with vivid, historically accurate details, but in connecting the reader to the emotional truth of the character and the time.” 

Cline-Ransome is the acclaimed author of numerous award-winning picture books that celebrate in story: Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year, Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star, Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, My Story, My Dance, Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong, Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes, Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams and The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel Payne and Not Playing by The Rules: 21 Female Athletes Who Changed Sports. 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. It was followed by two companion titles, Leaving Lymon and Being Clem

Overground Railroad, Light in the Darkness: How Slaves Learned in Secret, Freedom’s School. Whale Trails: Before and Now, are her titles that uncover the hidden stories in American history.     

Cline-Ransome’s books have received numerous honors and awards including NAACP Awards, Kirkus Best Books, School Library Journal Best Book, New York Public Library Best Book, ALA Notable, an NCTE Notable, CBC Choice Awards, two Top 10 Sports Books for Youth, an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book, an ILA Teacher’s Choice, a Jane Addams Award, and a Christopher Award. She frequently collaborates with her husband, illustrator James Ransome. They are the proud parents of four children and live in Rhinebeck, NY.

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association represents booksellers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, DC, northern Virginia and West Virginia.