Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including Carter Reads the Newspaper (Peachtree Publishing, 2019), No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and his Kingdom in Kansas (Knopf, 2018), Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Charlesbridge, 2016), and many others. He is also the author of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree, 2015) and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2102), both Ezra Jack Keats Award winners.
Forthcoming titles include William Still and His Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad (Peachtree Publishing Company, Nov. 2020), and Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, written by Suzanne Slade (Little Brown, Nov. 2020). Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf—a blog dedicated to promoting books written by African Americans—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.