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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  287 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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 wo ...more
32 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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A family begins their morning by waking and dressing. A father helps tie his son’s shoes and a mother helps her daughter put on her coat. They soon meet with others on the steps of their church and make signs before boarding buses. The family prepares to take part in a demonstration to change the course of Civil Rights in the United States of America. The setting is the 1963 March on Washington. Men, women and children both Black and White arrive at the Lincoln Memorial to hear the words of the ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
With a very simple narrative and images of people preparing for and going on a protest march, this book helps younger children begin to understand the historical context of the Civil Rights Movement that occurred about 50 years ago.

The march that is depicted was called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and took place on 28 August 1963. It is most famous for being the venue for Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. I love that his speech wasn't the main focus point for the
Mary Ann
In simple prose and images, Evans tells the story of one child whose family participated in the 1963 March on Washington. By paring down the details to the essence of this young child’s experience, Evans invites young children to imagine themselves joining this historic event. Using a much lighter and reassuring palette than in his award-winning Underground (Roaring Brook, 2011), Evans combines textured paper collages with line drawings to create illustrations that focus on the essence of the ex ...more
Through simple words that almost anyone can understand, the author describes one family's journey from their home to the streets of Washington for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The determination on the faces of the marchers, young and old, and their reliance on prayer, song, and one another is shown clearly throughout the book's pages through its text and illustrations. The back matter provides an explanation for the protest marches that led to changes in the nation's laws a ...more
Jessica Valdez
An African-American family awakens before dawn to prepare for the historic March on Washington in August, 1963.
In this stirring companion to Underground (2011), Evans captures a pivotal event in the struggle for equality and civil rights in America. The family joins neighbors to pray at their church, paint signs and travel by bus to Washington. They walk and sing and grow tired but “are filled with hope” as they stand together at the Washington Monument to listen to Dr. King speak o
Jun 07, 2014 Kristin added it
Shelves: multicultural
A. Text to World Connection: As I read the book We March I can't help but think of the global campaign recently launched to find the more than 200 girls abducted from a school in Nigeria, also known as "Bring Back our Girls" thanks to social media. Demonstrations took place here in the United States and abroad. The march on Washington in 1963 brought out 250,000 citizens who were protesting their right to freedom and jobs... can you imagine what might have happened if social media had been aroun ...more
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I'm amazed that I can be moved by a practice reader for first graders. But with just 32 pages and 61 words, Shane Evans has managed to capture the 1963 March on Washington DC.

The art work is colorful and kid-friendly. And more than that, it's evocative. There are little things that he adds to the pictures that bring 'the moments' to life.

For example, there's the family rising up early to get started. The children are sleepy. They'd obviously rather stay in bed. But it's also clear that what thi
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: WE MARCH by Shane W. Evans, Roaring Brook, January 2012, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-539-1

“[T]he mountain of history books under which we all stand leans so heavily in the other direction-so tremblingly respectful of states and statesmen and so disrespectful, by inattention, to people's movements-that we need some counterforce to avoid being crushed into submission.
“All those histories of this country centered on the Founding Fathers and the Presidents weigh oppressively on the capa
We March by Shane W. Evans is a simple yet powerful book about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, where Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There is a compelling author's note at the back of the book giving backgound on that movement and march, encouraging people to come together and march toward freedom.

Evan's illustrations focus on one family, yet show the huge gathering and energy of the movement. Signs carried by marchers have additional wo
Marcie Gottlieb
We March by Shane W. Evans

Evans, Shane W. (2012) We March, New York City: Roaring Book Press
Target Audience: PK-2

Shane W. Evans brings the same Spartan use of words and meaningful illustrative style he used in Underground to tell the story of the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963. This time the illustrations are bright and hopeful throughout and the people walk with dignity, strength and communal feeling. More than 100 years after the events depicted in Underground people were still not t
Grade/interest level: Primary (k-1st)
Reading level: n/a (Age 4-7)
Genre: Historical fiction
Main Characters: Unnamed boy, and his family
Setting: Washington
Theme: Freedom

Author: Shane Evans
We March, is a children’s book by Shane W. Evans about Martin Luther King’s march on Washington. The story follows a family as they prepare for the epic event in the civil rights movement. The family wakes up early, they get dressed, they mach and as they march, the main character, who remains nameless vocal
Gina Valdes
I found We March to be a very inspiring book! I thought it was extremely well written and a perfect simple read for a more beginning reader. Typically, historical fiction picture books for children are difficult to find. They are either too lengthy, or so short that it doesn’t even get the point across. Shane Evans did an excellent job of writing the perfect amount of text. The words on each page were so little in number, yet powerful enough to make a statement. The simplicity of it encourages e ...more
In August of 1963 250,000 marched on Washington to protest the unjust treatment of blacks in the United States. It was at the rally following the March that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream” speech.

The book follows a boy and a girl and their parents as they rise early, go to church to pray and make protest signs, take buses to Washington DC and march together, then stand with each other in a crowd of people and listen to a man talking about dreams.

The spare text and rich, simple
Melissa Mcavoy
On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people gathered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Award winning writer-illustrator, Shane Evans uses very brief text and stylized, strongly graphic, but emotion-filled paintings, to follow a family on that day. There is a nice representation of diversity among the crowd and an author's note provides some historical background as well as the author's personal reaction to the march.
Jess Farabaugh
We March by Shane W. Evans is a story about an even that took place on August 28, 1963. More than 250,000 people gathered at the capital to participate in the March on Washington for freedom and jobs. This story is a very simplified story of this event but tells it well from a child's perspective. It does a great job in opening a possible lesson to students about this historical event. It is a great depiction of how all races can come together and work towards a common goal. You could use this b ...more
Evans' book is a terrific way to introduce young children to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the march in 1963, and his infamous speech. With minimal text and intriguing illustrations, even the youngest student can grasp the importance of having a dream and what it means to march to support it.
(Preschool-Grade 3)

Curriculum Connection: This is a terrific curriculum connection to a study of Martin Luther King, Jr.,racial equality, and the civil rights movement. I have been looking for a simple, yet m
Kelly Merfford
Through boldly colored illustrations, this picture book , takes the reader on the journey of the en, women, and children who marched to Washington on August 28, 1963. It is told through the eyes of a little boy who is marching with his family to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak. Written in simplistic language, this book carries a strong message and leaves the reading feeling inspired. The boy mentions why they march without clearly stating the obvious issues.

Classroom connections include: maki
We March is a nice introductory book for early readers and listeners on the historic march into Washington on August 28, 1963; ending with Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Shane W. Evans simple illustrations and text manages to convey the tone of the day and the desire for change.
Although this book is technically at a low reading level (around 1st grade), it could still work in a 3rd grade classroom. The text itself is very simple, but the illustrations tell a very rich story about the March on Washington.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Like his book Underground, this book is written in simple language a beginning reader would be able to read for him/herself. The story describes how a black family gets up at sunrise to participate in the August 1963 march in Washington, D.C. The text and pictures combine to make the reader wish they had been there at this historic event. Evans depicts a diverse and multicultural crowd of marchers, including white people, the elderly, a Jewish person, and even a person in a wheelchair in additio ...more
Jim Erekson
The folk-art and painterly textures make these illustrations interesting to look at. Charcoal or pencil outlines show skill with drawing as well as painting. What order did Evans do these in? Did he pencil in the drawings, then color them, then draw over them? Or is the paint transparent--it looks too saturated to be transparent paint. Simple text keeps the text more about the illustrations and what is happening. There was one 'idealized' illustration that showed a Jewish man and a handicapped g ...more
Lu Benke
So often library staff want storytimes to have themes celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. in January or February, but it presents a problem with the storytimes for the two- and three-year-olds. This book of large clear illustrations with a minimal of text on each page would do the trick. It simply describes the events of the day when a family of four African-Americans participate in the march on Washington with King. The text, while minimal, is still beautiful and meaningful: "We follow our lead ...more
Bold, bright, beautiful illustrations and very little text printed clearly in large font makes this book an excellent one for very young children. Hopeful, and portrays the civil rights movement as something that everyday people participated in, not just famous historical figures. Would have benefited from a little more concrete description of what was happening/why (i.e. "The people wanted jobs, they wanted to be treated fairly") rather than just the lofty, abstract language used here ("We lean ...more
On August 28, 1963, over 250,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. 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. Shane W. Evans, combining spare text with powerful images brings the day to life, as experienced by one family, for young readers. As his illustrations move from the family to the large crowd, even a ...more
Ariel Cummins
A story, told in simple words, of one boy who is part of the March on Washington in 1963. Like Underground, also by Shane W. Evans, We March is accessible enough for even very young readers to enjoy and understand. It's no surprise that this book earned a starred review in Kirkus.

The illustrations are blocky, but incredibly expressive.

This book would work for a story time for toddlers because of the simple, sparse text and colorful illustrations.
More than a quarter million people marched on Washington on August 28, 1963. In simple prose and stirring images, Evans tells the story of one child whose family marched that day. It is a day of working together, faith, and community that culminates with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. This picture book invites even the youngest of children to feel the power of that day, the message of racial harmony, and to understand how much more work there is yet to do.

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A deceptively simple text, with illustrations that capture the human moments of a famous historical event. Perfect for sharing with groups.
I was braced for this to be dreary and didactic and instead it is lyrical and expressive.

The clarity of the short phrases and the uncluttered images makes this an accessible experience, with plenty of room in the narrative to pause and reflect and unpack the content a bit. (eg, "The sun rises" ...Why are they getting up so early? People came from all over, some from far away, to attend the march. So why was it so important for so many people? Etc.... and, "We pray for strength." ...Why are they
Don Tucker
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Simple words and evocative illustrations bring the historic March on Washington to a child's level of understanding in a beautiful and profound way. Lovely use of light and color, simple but expressive.

2 Starred Reviews. 2.26.12. SLJ and Kirkus.

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Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of several children's books, including HOMEMADE LOVE by bell hooks and OSCEOLA: MEMORIES OF A SHARECROPPER'S DAUGHTER by Alan Govenar. He lives in Missouri.
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