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The Children's Book Council named James Ransome as one of 75 authors and illustrators everyone should know. A member of the Society of Illustrators, Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book “The Creation.” He also received the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance award for his book “The Wagon.” Ransome’s work has been shown in group and solo shows throughout the country. He has collaborated with his wife, Lesa Cline-Ransome, on four books. Their latest work together is “Light in the Darkness” (Disney Hyperion Books), a story of slaves and their determination to learn how to read and write.