#Cybils Picture Book Biographies: Poet George Moses Horton

Our next picture book biography nominated for a 2015 Cybils award in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category, is the moving and powerful Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate.

Those of us who are interested in children’s literacy are already aware of the importance of being able to read, but sometimes it takes a book like this one to reinforce the extraordinary importance of education for all people.

George Moses Horton grew up enslaved in North Carolina during a time when people like him were not allowed to learn to read or write. Somehow, through sheer force of will and a few tattered cast-off books, he was able to not only teach himself to read, but also to become an accomplished and published poet.

Don Tate is an author/illustrator and his love of his craft is evident. His first solo effort, It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (reviewed here) earned the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Award in 2013. I expect we’re going to see more great things from him in the future.

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton hits all the right notes. It might be just the right title to inspire a reluctant or struggling reader to put away that video game and read some books.

Related Activity:

Read and discuss George Moses Horton, Myself (from Poetry Foundation). Discuss why he felt his genius was a restless bird trapped in his heart.

Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (September 1, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1561458252
ISBN-13: 978-1561458257

Have you seen this book yet? What did you think?

Picture book biographiesMonday: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Tuesday:  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews

Thursday:  Growing up Pedro

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