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Don Tate


Don Tate

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Don currently resides in Austin, Texas where he works full-time as an illustrator/graphics reporter for the Austin American Statesman. Don lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and son. In his spare time, Don is a gym-rat, having competed (in better fit days) in natural, drug-free bodybuilding.

Don Tate

Books by Don Tate

written by Chris Barton with illustrations by Don Tate - Biography, Children's 7-10, Nature, Science

A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.

by Don Tate - Children's, Historical Fiction

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

by Kelly Starling Lyons and Don Tate - African American Interest, Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

In 1852, Hope's father can't stand to be a slave for another minute, so one night he runs away to join the Union army and fight for freedom. Hope is sad to see her father go and is scared she will never see him again. Before he leaves, Papa leaves Hope a conch shell telling her that the sound the shell makes is the sound of freedom. On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves and Hope sees a familiar shape on the horizon.