James E. Ransome’s highly acclaimed illustrations forBefore She Was Harrietreceived the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. His other award-winning titles include the Coretta Scott King winnerThe Creation; Coretta Scott King Honor BookUncle Jed’s Barbershop;Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; andLet My People Go, winner of the NAACP Image Award. He frequently collaborates with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome. One of their recent titles is Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams, which received four starred reviews and was an ALA Notable Children’s Book. James is a professor and coordinator of the MFA Illustration Graduate Program at Syracuse University. He lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley region with his family.