Don Tate

Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including The Cart That Carried Martin, (Charlesbridge); One Hope’s Gift, (Penguin); Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge); 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. [ Read the full article… ]

Writing Enslaved Narratives, by Don Tate

I have two books out this year, POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON (authored and illustrated), and THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH (illustrated). Both books deal with the subject of African Americans who overcame great adversities in the backdrop of slavery and/or Reconstruction. Collectively the books have garnered 5 starred reviews [ Read the full article… ]

Kelly Starling Lyons and Don Tate celebrate the publication of Hope’s Gift

Today Brown Bookshelf members Kelly Starling Lyons and Don Tate celebrate the publication of their new book, Hope’s Gift (Putnam Juvenile, December 27, 2012). Kelly writes a poignant story that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Don Tate illustrates this significant moment in American history. Kirkus describes: “A warm story about the love of [ Read the full article… ]

Meet The BBS: Don Tate

Vital Statistics Illustrator and Author of Children’s Books Graphics Reporter and Illustrator for the Austin American-Statesman Recent books illustrated by Don Ron’s Big Mission, written by Corinne Naden and Rose Blue (Dutton, 2009) I am My Grandpa’s Enkelin, by Walter Wanergin, Jr. (Paraclete Press, 2007) The Hidden Feast, by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss (August [ Read the full article… ]

Artist to artist: Don Tate chats with Seven Miles to Freedom illustrator, Duane Smith

Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story Written by Janet Halfmann Illustrated by Duane Smith Published by Lee & Low Books, 2008 After I read Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story (Lee & Low Books, 2008), I knew I wanted to talk it up here at the Brown Bookshelf. But then I [ Read the full article… ]

Artist to artist: Don Tate chats with CSK honor winner, Nancy Devard

Wednesdays are my day to blog here at the Brown Bookshelf and yesterday, I realized I had less than 24 hours to come up with something. I had nothing. And I was too busy to even think about it. I wanted to post an interview. Pie in the sky, Nancy Devard, illustrator of the book, [ Read the full article… ]

Day 11: Charnaie Gordon

You may have seen the countless cover reveals she has hosted. Or read her inspiring posts celebrating BIPOC children’s book creators. Or maybe you heard her fun and engaging interviews that make authors and illustrators feel like friends.  A dedicated advocate for diverse children’s books, influencer Charnaie Gordon champions reading through her popular blog, Here [ Read the full article… ]