Books by Don Tate

THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN by Eve Bunting
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"An affecting snapshot of a tragic day. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-7)"
An old, unwanted cart becomes part of Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral procession. Read full book review >
HOPE'S GIFT by Kelly Starling Lyons
Released: Dec. 27, 2012

"A warm story about the love of a family and the jubilation of freedom; it commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
During the Civil War, an enslaved girl awaits her father's homecoming and emancipation. Read full book review >
IT JES' HAPPENED by Don Tate
Released: April 1, 2012

"An important picture-book biography that lovingly introduces this "outsider" artist to a new generation. (source notes, afterword) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Tate and Christie capture the spirit behind the work of Bill Traylor, "one of the most important self-taught American folk artists of the twentieth century." Read full book review >
DUKE ELLINGTON'S <i>NUTCRACKER SUITE</i> by Anna Harwell Celenza
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Still, real cool. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9) "
Drawing from letters, memoirs, photos, film and recordings, Celenza presents a spry account of the 1960 composition and recording of a decidedly swinging Nutcracker Suite. Read full book review >
SHE LOVED BASEBALL by Audrey Vernick
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Effa became the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; readers will cheer. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
"That's just the way things are," was a philosophy Effa Manley could not accept, even though, as a light-skinned black, she could have taken advantage of it. Read full book review >
RON’S BIG MISSION by Rose Blue
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A winner. (biographical note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Deftly told and warmly illustrated, this fictional account of an incident in the Civil Rights–era childhood of Challenger astronaut Ron McNair tells a powerful story. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN FEAST by Martha Hamilton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Fun for telling or reading. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
An invitation to a party brings neighboring animals to visit and play Pin the Tail on the Donkey (Donkey really doesn't want to play that), Hide and Seek and Horseshoes using Horse's shoes. Read full book review >
SURE AS SUNRISE by Alice McGill
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 22, 2004

"Most of these are available in other versions, but the reteller has made them new with some delicious twists. (lengthy introduction) (Folktales. 7-11)"
Veteran talespinner McGill looks back to her North Carolina childhood for five trickster tales, three featuring Bruh Rabbit. Read full book review >
BLACK ALL AROUND! by Patricia Hubbell
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"The author's rhymes try hard to make black an intriguing, special shade, but it is Tate's vibrant art that pulls the concept together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This earnest story told in rhyme focuses on things that are black in color, as seen through the eyes of a little African-American girl. Read full book review >
SUMMER SUN RISIN’ by W. Nikola-Lisa
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A cheery introduction to farm life and simple poetry. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sunny acrylic and oil paintings on textured paper coupled with verses featuring colloquial language portray a summer day in the life of a hardworking African-American farm family. Read full book review >