Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

Author: Don Tate

Illustrator: Don Tate

Published: September 2015

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers

In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time away from his master though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse.


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• Kirkus

“[Tate’s] decision to illuminate this remarkable man’s life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity.”


Publishers Weekly
“Tate’s mixed-media illustrations glow with bright greens and yellows, radiating a warmth, hope, and promise that echo this stirring biography’s closing message . . . ”


School Library Journal
“A lovely introduction to an inspirational American poet.”


• The Horn Book
“[A] compelling story for any age.”



• ALA (ALSC) Notable Children’s Book, 2016

• All The Wonders, 2015 Best of 2015: Nonfiction Picture Books

• Bank Street College, Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2016

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• Carter G. Woodson Book Award 

• CBC (Children’s Book Council) Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2016

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• Chicago Public Library’s Best Informational Books for Young Readers 2015

• 2016 Christoper Award

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• 2015 Nerdy Book Awards (nonfiction)

• Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers, 2016

• Huffington Post Best Picture Books 2015

• A Junior Library Guild Selection, Fall 2015

• A Kirkus Best Picture Book of  2015

• SCBWI Crystal Kite, 2016

• 2015 Texas Institute of Letters, H-E-B/Jean Flynn Award for Best Children’s Book ($500)

• Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, 2015


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• The Daily Tarheel, 09/02/15

• WUNC North Carolina Public Radio interview

• The Busy Librarian’s “Let’s Get Busy” Podcast

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