Light Your Imagination at #SBreeze16 WIK with 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); Hope’s Gift, (Penguin); Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge); and Ron’s Big Mission, (Penguin). He is also an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor winner. His recent titles include The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Illustrator, Eerdmans, 2015), and Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Author and illustrator, Peachtree, 2015). Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf–a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.
- Drawing on Diversity & Style to Create Authentic Characters The call for more diversity in children’s literature is not new. However groups like We Need Diverse Books and The Brown Bookshelf have helped to bring more attention to the issue.
- My Journey Overnight success does not always happen overnight. In fact, for Don Tate, overnight success took thirty-plus years to attain. This self-described “Longestcoming up-and-comer” will share his journey from reluctant grade-school reader to published illustrator, and then on to becoming an award-winning children’s book author. In his breakout, Tate will discuss some lessons learned, myths vs. reality, and he will offer practical advice for both aspiring and published authors and illustrators. audience: Illustrators, all levels.
- For writers and illustrators: Creating Winning Picture Book Biographies As an illustrator, words frightened Don Tate. After all, artists create pictures, they don’t write stories. So how did a non-word person go about writing award-winning picture books (one that he did not illustrate)? In his breakout session, Don will reveal all of that, discussing both sides of the bookmaking process. How do creators of picture book biographies find and then zero in on the right information? How can illustrators find their writing voice? And what about research— how do I know what to include and leave out? Don’s breakout will include his process of planning a story from initial inspiration through creating thumbnail sketches and dummy books. audience: Illustrators, all levels.
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