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We March

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  391 Ratings  ·  120 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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Feb 17, 2016 Ambree rated it really liked it
This is a great book to add to a civil rights unit or during Black History Month. I would use this book as a read aloud and use it as a prompt to begin my students thinking and writing about the purpose of the March on Washington.
Apr 18, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multicultural
Booklist recommends Preschool to 3rd grade
For a young audience-minimal text with maximum impact.

Text to Self Connection:
My connection to this book starts with the date of this historical march in Washington D.C. that took place on August 28, 1963. Because I was born in August of 1963, I feel a particular connection to this event. First, being born during a time when African Americans were still fighting for basic human rights under our constitution is difficult for me to comprehend. Secondly, be
Sep 30, 2012 Taneka rated it really liked it
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 liked it
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
Zuleyma Navarro
Genre: Historical Fiction because it is a fictional story that that takes place in a particular place and time in the past. The setting is real, but some of the characters are made up by the author.
Target Audience: PK-3

Text to text: While reading this book it kind of reminded me of the book "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type". I made the connection to this particular book because the cows in the book took a stand against the farmer and would not work until they got what they deserved. Just like
Mar 19, 2016 Robyn added it
We March Written by Shane W. Evans

What is the story about?
This book describes the marches that African Americans used to do in hope of gaining attention in their struggle in attaining the freedom they deserved. This book focused on a little boy's perception of the event. He went through his whole day and described to the reader what people during this age went through. This books march is very important because it is when Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have A Dream" Speech.

How are the illu
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
Jenny Christen
Multicultural Reflection:

1. Text to Text: This book reminds me of Martin's Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. because it really connects to Martin Luther King's speech and his life in working to earn freedom in our country. This reminds me of how that text discusses racism back in the 1960's.

2. This book is culturally specific because it describes the remarkable event that took place in which Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. It ties to the historic racism movement
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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
Stacey Cross
'We March' is a impactful story of an epic, historical event that occurred during the 1960's. This story is beautifully told using colorful illustrations and simple text. Despite the simplicity of the text, the content is rich and informative.
'We March' would be appropriate for students in PK- 2nd grade or a struggling reader in the upper elementary grades. This book would work well when discussing the civil rights movement and the many marches that occurred during this particular time period i
A family gets up early, walks to church for prayer, helps make picket signs, and boards the bus for Washington D.C., where they participate in the civil rights March on Washington. The text is simple ("The morning is quiet. The sun rises and we prepare to march.") and additional background must be first presented for children to appreciate the significance of the march. It does depict the march at a level young children can understand such as the preparations and seeing that people of all ages w ...more
Becky Carleton
Jan 24, 2016 Becky Carleton rated it it was amazing
Evans uses simple words and vivid illustrations to tell the story of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. An African-American family joins an inclusive group of peaceful protesters to march, and to listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. This is an excellent book to read with our youngest kids, to teach young citizens about this historic event and to fill young hearts with patriotic pride. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy it, though. It gets this middle-aged ...more
Plot Summary and Personal Response: This wonderful book touches on a very important time of history. It is about a bunch of people gathering up to march all the way to Washington D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial. It shows how the entire day is passed marching to justice. The family wakes up really early. Then, they meet with neighbors and other people and go to church for prayer. Afterwards they prepare the posters that they want to use to express themselves such as "we want freedom" As they walk they ge ...more
Richie Partington
Feb 06, 2012 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 29, 2012 Marcie Gottlieb rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2012 Arielle rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2012 Gina Valdes rated it liked it
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
Sep 01, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-blog
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
Dec 07, 2014 Kelly Merfford rated it liked it
Shelves: educ-422
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
By Shane W. Evans 2012
** Charlotte Zolotow award 2013
Pages- 32
Copyright- 2012

We March is an excellent book to have for children in the primary grades. It would be a good book to read when discussing freedom and equality in the classroom. Black history month would be a perfect time to share this story with children. The book features a family coming together with other African Americans to march for freedom. The book is focused on the march to Washington when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. g
Jan 26, 2016 June rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MLK requests for young children
Recommended to June by: Capitol Choices
Finally, a real simple story concerning MLK and the march in Washington, DC. Every year I am required to do an MLK program and most of the material is too advanced for my story time. This year it was raining so my PreK and K classes didn't make it and I had mostly toddlers and this worked. (Mostly 5 stars because so desperately needed, but also worked quite well. - The toddlers marched to the story.) 1/16/13

Used for my birthday/MLK Story Time. Classes didn't come again so I had babe's in arms to
Leah Miller
Feb 16, 2016 Leah Miller rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
This book shares a powerful message with young children. It would be a good book to read to kindergarten or first graders when talking about black history or Martin Luther King Jr. The illustrations aren't anything special, but I like that they are big and take up the whole page with their important depictions of history.
Aug 07, 2014 Shelli rated it liked it
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.
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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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