Don Tate: Author and Illustrator

Hello—thank you for visiting my website. I am the author of numerous award-winning picture book biographies, and the illustrator of more than eighty critically acclaimed trade and educational books for youth.

Some of the books I’ve illustrated include the forthcoming The Day Madear Voted (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2024), written by Wade Hudson; the Roto and Roy series, books one and two; Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters (Little Brown, Nov. 2020); many others.

Some of the books I’ve written are Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree, 2015); It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2012), William Still and His Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad (Peachtree, Nov. 2020); others.

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 promoting youth literature created by black authors.