Lesa Cline-Ransome is the author of many award-winning and beloved picture books. Her picture book biography titles include Before She Was Harriet; Satchel Paige; Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist; Young Pele, Soccer's First Star; Helen Keller, The World in Her Heart; Before There was Mozart, Words Set me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, and Light in the Darkness, A Story about How Slaves Learned in Secret.
Originally from Malden, Massachusetts, Lesa has worked as a proofreader, fashion copywriter, publicist, teacher in the New York City Schools, and taught writing for adults. She has a B.F.A. in Merchandising and Management from Pratt Institute and an M.A. in Education from N.Y.U.
She lives in Rhinebeck, New York and with her husband and frequent collaborator, illustrator James Ransome, four children and a St. Bernard, Nola.