African American Children and Families Conference

Pass It On: Lessons Learned from Our Ancestors

February 22-23, 2018

African American Read-in

9:30 am - 1:30 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Maucker Union and Rod Library


Dr. Tiffany Flowers - Storyteller-Author

Nandi: Time Traveler Book CoverThe Rooftop Club Book Series CoverDr. Tiffany A. Flowers earned a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. She went on to complete another Masters of Arts degree in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Iowa. After completing her graduate degrees, she began her teaching career in both public schools and colleges. Tiffany has taught at several universities and colleges across the United States as an instructor, lecturer, and clinical professor. Those institutions include West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Saint Leo University in Florida, and Clemson University in South Carolina. She has taught grades K-3 in public schools in Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina. Tiffany also worked as a statewide Education Program Specialist and assisted in coordinating two of the K-12 remedial reading programs across the state of Georgia. During that time, the CRCT pass rates for students in all grades was 87%. Additionally, the pass rates for African American and Latino students increased by eight points during that year. Currently, Dr. Flowers is an Assistant Professor of Education at Georgia State University Perimeter College in the Department of Cultural and Behavioral Sciences Online.

As an author or co-author Tiffany has published various academic articles, book chapters, and reviews. Her academic articles focus on the area(s) of literacy, education, and literature. Her academic work can be found in the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Urban Education, The High School Journal, Black History Bulletin, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, and Teachers College Record.

Tiffany has also written and received grants to fund various research-based literacy projects in schools, community centers, correctional facilities, and preschools. Those projects are aimed at pre-K through adult populations. She also served as a past member of the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Committee. 

As a children’s author, Dr. Flowers has published over sixteen books for children in grades 1-8. Those titles include For Those Who Stare at the Moon, Patterns are Everywhere: An Upside Down Pattern Book, Imagine That!, The Rooftop Club Book Series, The Guardians of History Book Series, and Nandi: Time Traveler. She also penned The Tweenie Girls Hygiene Book and the Hot Freshman 15 Series for teens under a pen name to name a few. Currently, she is working on several new children’s book series as well as professional books for parents and literacy professionals.

Don Tate - Author

Don TateDon Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including The Cart That Carried Martin, (Charlesbridge); Hope’s Gift, (Penguin); Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge); and Ron’s Big Mission, (Penguin). His most recent illustrated titles include The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans, 2015); a Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection, 2016-17 and Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions (Charlesbridge, 2016), a Junior Library Guild selection and starred reviews.

Don is also the first and only two-time winner of an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for writing: It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw (Lee & Low Books, 2012; EJKs New Writer Honor winner, 2013); Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree, 2015, EJKs Book Award New Writer winner, 2016), in addition to receiving a 2016 Christopher Award, winner of the Texas Institute of Letters book awards, a Writers’ League of Texas book awards and an SCBWI Crystal Kite 2016. Don's latest book is Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth, (author-illustrator, Charlesbridge, 2017) and forthcoming book is Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band (illustrator, Clarion).

Don is a founding host of the The Brown Bookshelf –a blog dedicated to books for African American young readers; and a member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature.

He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, swimming, and inspiring young writers and artists.