Books by Colin Bootman

HEY, CHARLESTON! by Anne Rockwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A notable look at a little-known piece of jazz history. (author's note, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
A concerned pastor and a rich musical tradition come together to play an important role in the growth of jazz. Read full book review >
LOVE TWELVE MILES LONG by Glenda Armand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"Share this with young readers as a series of homilies on dreams and a family love strong enough to overcome any adversity. (afterword) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Frederick Douglass' mother imparts 12 lessons, one for each mile she walks on her clandestine nighttime visits to him. Read full book review >
A STORM CALLED KATRINA by Myron Uhlberg
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Simple, affecting prose and intricate, inspired paintings make this one worth sharing for sure. (author's note). (Picture book. 9-12)"
A heartrending story of a New Orleans family's experience through Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Thumbnail biographies of other changemakers and a timeline follow the text. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
When work was begun on the Lincoln Memorial in 1914, no one could have imagined the history that would later unfold at the site. Read full book review >
THE STEEL PAN MAN OF HARLEM by Colin Bootman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

Bootman delivers a reimagined "Pied Piper of Hamelin," set in 1940s Harlem. Read full book review >
FINDING LINCOLN by Ann Malaspina
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Children usually do not fully understand the effects of the choices they make, but learning to be thoughtful and contemplative before acting is a salutary lesson readers will take away from this impressive tale. (Picture book. 5-12)"
"It was 1951 in Alabama, and Louis could play all his piano scales and roller-skate backwards. Still he couldn't borrow a book from the main library." Read full book review >
THE BROKEN BIKE BOY AND THE QUEEN OF 33RD STREET by Sharon G. Flake
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Nonetheless, her progress feels real. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth-grader Queen narrates this tale of classroom discord and community connections. Read full book review >
FISH FOR THE GRAND LADY by Colin Bootman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2006

"Lovely slice of life from a nearby nation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Two young Trinidadian brothers spend an idyllic morning at their favorite fishing spot. Read full book review >
GRANDMAMA’S PRIDE by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"A lengthy author's note gives the story a helpful historical context. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Young African-American Sarah Marie travels by bus from her Northern home to the South to visit her proud grandmother, both before and after segregation. Read full book review >
DAD, JACKIE, AND ME by Myron Uhlberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"The endpapers, an actual scrapbook of old newspaper articles about Robinson, provide a satisfying context for this ultimately upbeat, multi-dimensional story. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
When Jackie Robinson signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as first baseman, the historic event captures the imagination of one middle-aged man in Brooklyn—the author's father. Read full book review >
PAPA’S MARK by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2004

"Heartfelt. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Talk of the upcoming election permeates the African-American community because, for the first time, they will be permitted to vote alongside their white neighbors. Read full book review >
ALMOST TO FREEDOM by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Reread Deborah Hopkinson's Under the Quilt of Night (2001) instead. (author's note, limited glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll's-eye view of slavery and escape fails to succeed. Read full book review >
A PICTURE BOOK OF HARRIET BEECHER STOWE by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 2003

"His color palette reflects the seriousness of the topic, while at the same time showing readers the details of life in the 1800s. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Adler's latest in his Picture Book Biography series (A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark, Mar. 2003, etc.) documents the events that affected Harriet throughout her life and brought her to fame as an author. Read full book review >
DON’T SAY AIN’T by Irene Smalls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Educators will find this useful for experiencing an historic time not often seen in books for this age level. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Dana lives in Harlem in the 1950s and is smart—so smart that she is selected to go to an integrated school. Read full book review >
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2001

"This biography will be welcomed in all libraries during Black History Month and for school reports, and it will also be useful for teen or adult beginning readers. (chronology, suggested reading) (Easy reader/biography. 7-9)"
Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement are more than adequately described in this well-written easy-reader biography from the prolific author of the Picture Book Biography series and the Cam Jansen mysteries (see below). Read full book review >
OH, NO, TOTO! by Katrin Hyman Tchana
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A title that teaches through laughter and affection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A neat slice of Cameroonian life. Read full book review >