Hey, Charleston!

By Anne Rockwell
Illustrated by Colin Bootman

Appealing subject matter plus well-respected author should equal lots of sales and attention.

This is the story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band. The Jenkins Orphanage was established in 1891 by Rev. Daniel J. Jenkins in Charleston, South Carolina. Jenkins was a former slave turned minister who, upon stumbling across homeless youths, decided to organize an orphanage for young African American children, the first of its kind in Charleston., The orphanage took in donations of musical instruments. Not being a musician, Jenkins hired two local Charleston musicians to tutor the boys in music. Upon its establishment, the band became the only black instrumental group organized in South Carolina. The band's debut was on the streets of Charleston with the permission of the mayor, police chief, and Chamber of Commerce. The Jenkins Orphanage Band, wearing discarded uniforms from The Citadel (the local military college), performed throughout the United States and even toured England raising money for the support of the orphanage. The band played in inaugural parades of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. It appeared at the St. Louis Exposition and the Anglo-American Exposition in 1914. It toured the USA from coast to coast and played in Paris, Berlin, Rome, London, and Vienna.

  • Fascinating moment in African American history that has not been much written about for children (no trade books).
  • Established author with an excellent reputation for this kind of storytelling.
  • Potential for enormously appealing, upbeat illustrations.

About the author

Anne Rockwell is an author and illustrator of more than one hundred works of fiction and nonfiction for children over a career that spans six decades. She is the author of Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band which was a Junior Library Guild Selection and was awarded a Moonbeam Children's Book Bronze Medal. She is also the author of Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, which won a Coretta Scott King honor for R. Gregory Christie's illustrations. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut. Visit her online at

About the illustrator

"Colin Boatman was born in Trinidad where he spent the first seven years of his life. During this time, he was inspired by the island's rich and diverse culture. Mr. Boatman'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. Boatman has worked with several publishers including Random House (Follow the Leader), Harper Collins (In My Mamma's Kitchen), Scholastic (Oh, No, Toto!), and Holiday House (Papa's Mark). Mr. Boatman is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator 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. Mr. Boatman's first written and Illustrated book (Fish For The Grand Lady), debuted in the fall of 2006. He previously illustrated Carolrhoda Picture Books Almost to Freedom and The Steel Pan Man of Harlem for Lerner Publishing Group."

ISBN: 9780761355656
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Dimensions: 270 x 225mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Out of Print
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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