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Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Charlesbridge, 2016) The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans, 2015); The Cart That Carried Martin, (Charlesbridge); Hope’s Gift, (Penguin), many others.

He is also the author of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree,2015); It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2102), both books are Ezra Jack Keats award winners.

His forthcoming titles include Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man on Earth (Charlesbridge, 2017); and Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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

He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.

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Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. He is also one of the founding hosts of the blog The Brown Bookshelf – a blog designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers, with book reviews, author and illustrator interviews. Don frequently speaks at schools, public libraries and writing conferences, and participates in book festivals, including the Texas Book Festival; San Antonio Book Festival;  The Savannah Children’s Book Festival; The Dallas Children’s Book and Literary Festival; The African American Children’s Book Fair, Bookamania, and at such conferences as The International Reading Association (IRA); Texas Library Association (TLA); National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); American Association of School Librarians (AASL); National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS); The National Alliance of Black School Educators, others.

 The Cart That Carried Martin (Charlesbridge, 2013) is a  Junior Library Guild Selection, 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People recipient, 2013 Blue Ribbon winner presented by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and a North Carolina Book Award nominee; Hope’s Gift (Penguin, 2012) was Selected for the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young PeopleDuke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge, 2011); She Loved Baseball (HarperCollins); and Ron’s Big Mission (Penguin). He is also the author of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor winner. The book was also selected as a Kirkus Best Children’s Books List Selection, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2012, and a New York Public Library Top 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, as well as one of Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012.

Don’s most recent titles include The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Illustrator, Eerdmans, 2015), a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist title; and Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Author and illustrator, Peachtree), a Kirkus Best Book of 2015.

Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf –a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.2015).

He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Tammy, and his son, Kolby.

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