Don TateDon 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 the author of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2012), an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor winner.

His most 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 Brown Bookshelf—a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and is a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign created to address the lack of diversity, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.

Kathryn ErskineKathryn Erskine is the author of five children’s novels including National Book Award winner Mockingbird, Jane Addams Peace Award honor book Seeing Red, and most recently, The Badger Knight, a Junior Library Guild Selection. Mama Africa, her first picture book, a biography of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, will publish this fall. Also coming this fall is a middle-grade novel, The Incredibile Magic of Being, about a boy with anxiety who believes in the power of the universe to save us. 

Erskine draws on her life stories and world events in her writing and is currently working on several more novels and picture books.