Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

by Don Tate

2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Winner
As a boy, George Moses Horton taught himself to read, and “words loosened the chains of bondage.” During six decades of enslavement, he became a poet and the first African American published in the South. Bibliography. Author’s note. Full-color mixed-media illustrations were done in gouache, archival ink, pencil, and digitally.

ISBN: 9781561458257

JLG Release: November 2015

JLG Member Price

Arts Elementary

Grades 2-6


14 books / $17.05 a book

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    Print Book


    Hardcover edition



    Page Count


    Trim Size

    9 1/2" x 11"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 4.5, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.5, Points: 3


    Level: 730L

    Awards & Honors

    2016 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Winner
    Capitol Choices 2016
    Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2015, Picture Books
    NCSS Carter G. Woodson Book Award 2016 Winner, Elementary ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Middle Readers
    Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2015, Informational Books for Younger Readers
    2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 3–5
    2016 CCBC Choices–Biography and Autobiography
    2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
    Best Multicultural Books of 2015
    2016 Christopher Award, Ages 6 & up
    2016 Crystal Kite Award Winner, Texas/Oklahoma
    Triple Crown National Book Award 2016-2017
    Children’s Literature Assembly, 2016 Notable Children’s Books in the English Language Arts
    Children’s Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2016, Biography and Memoir
    William Allen White Children’s Book Awards 2017 -2018 Master List, Grades 3–5



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