Before She Was Harriet

by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Illustrations by James E. Ransome

An evocative poem and richly colored paintings celebrate the diverse accomplishments of Harriet Tubman, as revealed by her many names.

ISBN: 9780823420476

JLG Release: February 2018

JLG Member Price

Nonfiction Early Elementary

Grades K-2


12 books / $17.05 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Hardcover edition


    Holiday House

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    9" x 11"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 4.5, Points: 0.5


    Level: NP

    Awards & Honors

    2018 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Honor, Transitional Nonfiction
    2018 Christopher Award Winner, Ages 6 and Up
    2018 Coretta Scott King Award Honor, Illustrator
    2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended
    2018 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Honor, Younger Children
    Booklist Top 10 Diverse Picture Books: 2018
    Capitol Choices 2018, Seven to Ten
    CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
    ALA-CBC Building a Home Library Booklist - 2018
    Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
    Booklist 2017 Top of the List, Editor’s Choice, Youth Picture Book
    School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Nonfiction
    Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Informational Books for Younger Readers
    CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2017
    Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Nonfiction Younger Readers
    Booklilst Lasting Connections 2017, Social Studies



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