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 Award, and a winner of the Texas Institute of Letters book awards.

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.