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Colin Bootman

Biography

 

 

 

Colin Bootman was born in Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago) where he spent the first seven years of his life. During this time, he was inspired by the island’s rich and diverse culture. Soon after moving to the United States, Colin embraced art as a measure of escape from the pressures of adjusting to a new environment at an early age.He cites finding his first comic book as the life-changing experience that marked the beginning of his career as an artist.

Colin Bootman began formal training at La Guardia High School of the Arts, which served to deepen his appreciation for other disciplines, and solidified his own passion for the visual arts. In college, he studied photography, writing, and illustration, honing his skills under the tutelage of professional artists. He was encouraged to pursue children’s book art, as it allowed him the freedom to express himself through various media. Ultimately, the instructors at the School of Visual Arts prepared Mr. Bootman for the challenges of working as a professional illustrator.

Colin Bootman’s first book, Young Frederick Douglass, was published in 1994 and received starred reviews. He has since illustrated many children’s books, textbooks, periodicals, and book covers. Mr. Bootman has worked with several publishers including Random House (Follow the Leader), Harper Collins (In My Momma’s Kitchen), Scholastic (Oh, No, Toto!), and Holiday House (Papa’s Mark). He is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor 2004, the Schneider Family Book Award 2006, the Ashley Bryan Lifetime Achievement Honor 2006, and several others. His books have won such awards as The Teachers’ Choice Award, The Comstock Award, The Storytelling World Award, The Golden Kite Honor, and many others. Colin Bootman’s first written and Illustrated book (Fish For The Grand Lady), debuted in the fall of 2006. In addition to illustrating Colin enjoys teaching and presenting to students throughout the country.

Colin Bootman credits the lively rhythms and vibrant palette of Trinidad with leaving an indelible mark on his creative expression. He continues to grow as an artist as he welcomes the challenges that each new project invites. As his work serves to inspire both early readers and future artists alike, he hopes to encourage young minds to embrace and follow their passions.


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