Don Tate: Author and Illustrator

Hello, thank you for visiting my website. I am the illustrator of more than fifty critically acclaimed trade and educational books for children, and the author of two award-winning titles.

Some of the books I’ve illustrated include The Cart That Carried Martin, (Charlesbridge); Hope’s Gift, (Penguin); and The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, (Eerdmans, 2015), a Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection, 2016-17. The most recent book that I’ve illustrated is called Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, (Charlesbridge, 2016); a Junior Library Guild selection that has already garnered two starred reviews.

I am the author of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2102), an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor winner; and Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree, 2015). Poet is an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award winner, recipient of a 2016 Christopher Awardwinner of the Texas Institute of Letters book awards, and was recently honored with a Writers’ League of Texas book awards, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite, 2016. My next authored and illustrated picture book, Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man on Earth, will publish in 2017. Also, please look for my short stories for middle grade students, Whiz Kid and Dance Like You Draw, in Been There, Done That: School Dazed.

In addition to writing and illustrating, I enjoy presenting at elementary schools, reading and writing conferences, book and literary festivals. Please contact me for more information.

I am a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf –a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks organization, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.