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Don Tate

Don Tate is the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including Roto and Roy: Helicopter Heroes (Little Brown, 2022) and Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters (Little Brown, 2020). He is the author of William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad (Peachtree, 2020); and Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man on Earth (Charlesbridge, 2017). He is a founding host of the Brown Bookshelf, a blog dedicated to raising the awareness of the myriad of African Americans creating books for young readers. Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes is his latest book.

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  • Pigskins to Paintbrushes by Don Tate

    Pigskins to Paintbrushes

    Young Ernie Barnes wasn’t like other boys his age. Bullied for being shy, overweight, and uninterested in sports like boys were “supposed” to be, he instead took refuge in his sketchbook, in vibrant colors, bold brushstrokes, and flowing lines. But growing up in a poor, Black neighborhood during the 1930s, opportunities to learn about art were rare, and art museums were off-limits because of segregation laws. Discouraged and tired of being teased, Ernie joined the school football team. Although reluctant at first, he would soon become a star.

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