On July 8, 2021, join Humanities Texas for a special Texas Storytime event featuring author and illustrator Don Tate.  This movement-themed virtual family reading program will feature a read-aloud of the books Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters and Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man On Earth. In addition to sharing his perspective as an author and illustrator, Tate will lead children, parents, and family members through a series of fun, interactive activities, including physical stretches and movements. The reading and activities will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. 

Thursday, July 8, 2021
6:15–7:00 p.m. CT

This live, virtual event is free and open to the public. Please register online to attend. You will receive a Zoom link via email prior to the event.

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About Don Tate

Don Tate is an award-winning author and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. He is also one of the founding hosts of the blog The Brown Bookshelf—a blog designed to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers with book reviews and author and illustrator interviews. Don frequently speaks at schools, public libraries, and writing conferences.

Don has been a featured illustrator/speaker/exhibitor at various literary festivals—including the Texas Book Festival, the San Antonio Book Festival, and the Dallas Children’s Book and Literary Festival—as well as at conferences around the country, including those of the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Association of School Librarians, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

Don earned an AAA degree from Des Moines Area Community College. He has worked as a graphics reporter at the Des Moines Register and Austin American-Statesman newspapers and as a publication designer for the Perfection Learning Corporation, an educational publishing company. In addition, he was the art director at an advertising and market research firm and a graphic artist at a print shop. He also flipped burgers in high school and swept floors at the mall.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Don currently resides 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.

Sam Bond Photography.