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A photo of Don Tate with the text : How to Draw from History: Developing Characters Today. Join Don Tate, author and illustrator of William Still and His Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad. Don is a prolific author and has illustrated more than 80 titles.

"How to Draw from History: Developing Characters Today" with author and illustrator Don Tate.

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) The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans, 2015); 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 books are Ezra Jack Keats award winners; and most recently, Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man on Earth (Charlesbridge, 2017).

New titles include Par-Tay! Dance of the Veggies (and their friends), written by Eloise Greenfield (Alazar, 2018), and Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band, written by Michael Mahin (Clarion, 2018).

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 Brown Bookshelf, a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a one-time 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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