Don Tate is an award-winning illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children including Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, Hope’s Gift, and many others.
He is the author of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.
Don is a founding host of The Brown Bookshelf and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.
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Colby Sharp, a fifth-grade teacher in Parma, Michigan, is the cofounder of Nerdy Book Club and Nerd Camp Michigan. His first book, The Creativity Project, was published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers in the spring of 2018, and his second book, Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids coauthored with Donalyn Miller, was published by Scholastic in November 2018.
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Gary Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in GrandRapids, Michigan. He received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor for The Wednesday Wars. He lives with his family on a 150-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the wild cats that drop by.
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