Literacy in the Park


10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Perry Field House, Bowling Green State University



Featuring award-winning author/illustrator Don Tate

Over the past 12 years, the event has featured many well-known children’s authors, and we are excited to have Don Tate with us this year.

We have expanded the focus of Literacy in the Park to address all of the different ways literacy is important in our lives. Families will have opportunities to engage in activities about financial literacy, nutritional literacy, physical education literacy and many other forms of literacy that can be found in their lives and communities.


Enjoy a snack and literacy-based activities for the entire family

  • Each family receives a goodie bag with a free book by Don Tate
  • Two presentations by Don Tate
  • New exciting booths, activities and entertainment
  • Prizes and crafts




The Literacy in the Park committee is looking for high energy exhibitors to provide a hands-on literacy-related learning activity for families. Exhibitors play a big role in the success of the event and we appreciate the effort and preparation that goes into the booths each year.

Without your support, Literacy in the Park would not continue to grow at the rate it has been the past four years. Because of the success of past events, we have handed out over 1,000 FREE books to children of all ages in Northwest Ohio and surrounding communities. Thank you for helping us provide an outstanding educational experience for children from all over Northwest Ohio.




Don TateDon Tate is an award-winning author and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including “The Cart That Carried Martin,” “Hope’s Gift,” “Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite” and “Ron’s Big Mission.”

His most recent illustrated titles include “The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch,” a 2016-17 Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection, and “Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions,” a Junior Library Guild selection.

Don is also the first and only two-time winner of an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for writing for his works “It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started To Draw,” which earned the New Writer honor in 2013, and “Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton,” which earned the same award in 2016. He also is the recipient of the 2016 Christopher Award, Texas Institute of Letters book awards, Writers’ League of Texas book awards and a Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite 2016.

Don's latest book is “Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth,” and audiences can also look forward to his forthcoming book, “Stalebread Charlie and the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band.”

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. Read more at

Guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services,, 419-3728495. Please notify us prior to the event.