We March

We March Cover

We March

By Shane Evans; Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596435391, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2012


On August 28, 1963, a remarkable event took place--more than 250,000 people gathered in our nation's capital to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march began at the Washington Monument and ended with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating racial harmony. Many words have been written about that day, but few so delicate and powerful as those presented here by award-winning author and illustrator Shane W. Evans. When combined with his simple yet compelling illustrations, the thrill of the day is brought to life for even the youngest reader to experience.

"We March "is one of "Kirkus Reviews' "Best Children's Books of 2012.

About the Author
Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including "Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson", and "Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter", winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shane Evans studied at Syracuse University School of Visual and Performing Arts and graduated in 1993 and began traveling the world. In addition to contract work in illustration, graphic design and web design for major companies, Evans has conceptualized and illustrated numerous children s books. Many of the books have been featured in the media such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, NBA Inside Stuff, Reading Rainbow and Late Night with David Letterman. Shane has received much acclaim within the children s literary field for his work on children s books such as "Osceola," "The Way The Door Closes," "Shaq and the Beanstalk" and "Take It To The Hoop Magic Johnson." His accolades range from being honored by First Lady Laura Bush at the 2002 National Book Festival, The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and The Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction for Children.

Praise For We March

“… [a] well-told and superbly rendered book.”--School Library Journal, STARRED “This makes a pivotal event in our nation’s history accessible to our youngest citizens without compromising any of its power.”--Booklist “…there’s an iconic flavor to the scenes, their streamlined compositions and simplified human figures standing in for the experience of many…”--BCCB "Share with readers of all ages as a beautiful message about peaceful protest and purposeful action."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred "Many young children know there was a march on Washington a long time ago and that Martin Luther King Jr. gave a famous speech that day. Some know why the march took place; fewer still know how it happened. Using a minimalist text (no more than ten words per page) as he employed in Underground, Evans covers the last two points." --Horn Book Magazine  “A moving introduction to a historic day.” --Publishers Weekly