Suzanne Tate's company began
as a sole proprietorship representing and marketing artwork for several artists. Suzanne
published art products -- prints, postcards, posters and notepaper that were sold in shops
on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She also wrote and published three oral history
books: Bring Me Duck (Tales of Duck, NC), Whalehead (Tales
of Corolla, NC), Memories of Manteo, NC and Logs and Moonshine.
James Melvin, illustrator of
Suzanne Tate's Nature Series, is one of the artists whose work was published and
distributed by Suzanne. James' background in commercial art and versatile style proved to
be ideal for him to become a children's illustrator. "He makes my stories come
alive," Suzanne says about James' colorful and whimsical art.
Crabby & Nabby, the first book in Suzanne Tate's Nature
Series, was published in August 1988 by Nags Head Art. Teachers and parents discovered
Crabby & Nabby while vacationing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Response to the
book was outstanding, and in 1989, it was chosen to be read to every kindergarten in
Virginia by the education department of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Since Crabby & Nabby was designated Number 1 of a Nature
Series, customers soon began asking for Number 2. Suzanne responded by accompanying her
husband Everett Tate, a commercial fisherman, on a fishing trip. She wrote Billy Bluefish
in the bow of his boat! Everett served as a knowledgeable consultant for both text and
illustrations for several years until his death in 2008.
There are now 31
titles in the Nature Series and 7 teaching guides. Suzanne also has 5 titles in
Suzanne Tate's History Series, 2 teaching guides, a coloring book and an
activity book and four oral history books. Three million
copies have been sold. Nags Head Art, Inc. is a family corporation consisting
now of Suzanne and son Mark.