Author/Illustrator Focus: Colin Bootman
Cupboard of Ideas

Complements an article about Colin Bootman
 School Library Media Activities Monthly (September 2008)

Written and illustrated
Fish for a Grand Lady.  Holiday House, 2005
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Holiday House, 2003.
Adler, David A. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday House, 2001.
Battle-Lavert. Gwendolyn. Papa's Mark. Holiday House, 2003.
Sylvia Vardell suggests that readers compare this book to the poem by Maya Angelou titled "I Love the Look of Words."  The suggestion appeared in her Booklinks article“ Linking picture books and poetry; A celebration of Black History Month” (16, 3, pages 44-47) or you can read the excerpt in Vardell's blog April 4, 2007 entry.
Battle-Lavert, Gwendolyn. The Music in Derrick's Heart. Holiday House, 2000.
Girard, Kinda. Young Frederick Douglass: The Slave Who Learned to Read. Albert Whitman, 1994.
Hyppolite, Joanne. Seth and Samona. Delacorte Press, 1995.
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Almost to Freedom. Carolrhoda, 2003.
This book was a 2006 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee for grades 3-5 and the included suggestions for extending the experience of reading this book.  A pdf file is available and includes links to:
Scholastic Lesson Plans: Steps to Freedom
-- a plan developed by Dr. Susan Shafer suggests using Almost to Freedom in conjunction with other underground railroad titles including Under the Quilt of Night by Deborah Hopkinson.  A pdf file is available.
Nolen, Jerdine. In My Momma's Kitchen. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1999.
Smalls, Irene. Don't Say Ain't. Charlesbridge, 2003.
Smalls, Irene. Louise's Gift: Or What Did She Give Me That For? Little, Brown, 1996.
Tchana, Katrin. Oh, No, Toto! Scholastic, 1997.
Uhlberg, Myron.  Dad, Jackie, and Me.  Peachtree, 2005.
Use in conjunction with Carol Gorman's Stumptown Kid.

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