About Author and Illustrator

Author: Eloise Greenfield

Eloise Greenfield Photo 2015 by Kamaria Greenfield for Twitter

With many award-winning books to her credit, Eloise Greenfield has achieved her status among the most celebrated of children’s authors. Multiple lifetime achievement awards include a Living Legacy Award, a Hope S. Dean Award, an NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children among others. She has been inducted into the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Africa Dream received the Coretta Scott King Award while the Coretta Scott King Author Honor and an ALA 2012 Notable Children’s book honored her title, The Great Migration: Journey to the North. She received the Carter G. Woodson Award for Rosa Parks. For Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, she received the 1990 Recognition of Merit Award, presented by the George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books. She received the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award for Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir, written with her mother, Lessie Jones Little. In 2013, Eloise Greenfield was one of twenty African American women who received the Living Legacy Award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). These are just some of Eloise Green eld’s many awards.

Illustrator: Don Tate


Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children including Whoosh!, Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, The Cart That Carried Martin, and Hope’s Gift. He is also the author of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw which are Ezra Jack Keats award winners. His most recent authored and illustrated picture book biography is Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became The Strongest Man on Earth.

Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf — a blog dedicated to shining a light on youth literature created by African-Americans.