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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  814 ratings  ·  190 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 ...more
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Published January 3rd 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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Mariah Roze
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a good story with great illustrations. The only problem was the lack of language in this books. My students felt like it was below them because the books was simply written.
Feb 17, 2016 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 17, 2015 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,
At the "Multicultural Children’s Literature for Joy and Justice" Meetup, after the children's librarian leading the session gave us a series of guidelines to be attentive to (illustrations: stereotypes, tokenism, who's powerful/active, invisibility; storyline: standards for success, resolution of problems, depiction of family; #ownvoices; etc.), we broke into small groups and the children's librarian passed out a mix of books -- some with good representation, some with less good.

This is a very
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
Zoe's Human
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picture book fiction - historical
Grades: PreK - 2
Ages: 3-7
Lexile Measure: BR290L
DRA Level: 16
Themes: 1960s America, African American, Civil Rights Movement, Volunteering/Service/Activism

This is the story of one family's experience of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It is told with simple language and a small amount of text as one might find in a boardbook. Great for little ones with short attention spans. I also like that it focuses on how all the participants helped with the
This is a great introduction to the March On Washington, suitable for very young children on up. The illustrations are vibrant, and Evans keeps the text super simple. There's lots of opportunity to point out details and talk more about what's happening in the book and the reasons why as you go.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Easy picture book about the March on Washington. While the illustrations are simplistic the story is historically correct.
Cara Byrne
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brief in prose, but powerful in imagery. A short picture book take on the 1963 March on Washington.
Candance Doerr-Stevens
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In line with our focus on heroes, my 5yo and I read this book as well. In addition to the beautiful images, this book sends a strong message of collective action and how people can lean into each other for strength and purpose. This message was a bit more abstract to G to grasp but I could tell that his idea of hero was being stretched ... hopefully in good ways.
Kolbe Bales
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: text-set-project
illustrates what the significance of the 1963 Freedom March was, which took place in Washington, D.C. This book is a really simple one to follow for young students, yet it does a fantastic job of recreating the march that took place. This book signifies that it takes people of all ages and cultural backgrounds to help move a nation.
Lin Lin
A simple but powerful story, the book uses few words to describe the remarkable March on Washington for jobs and freedom on August 28, 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic "I have a dream" speech. The power of each of the 250,000 marchers cannot be underestimated and their strong sense of democratic citizenship is never too early for young readers to learn about and learn from.
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 ...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
Baby Bookworm
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Hello, everyone! Today, we’re wrapping up our Black History Month series with We March by Shane W. Evans, an account of the 1963 March on Washington written from a child’s point of view.

Set against the background of the seminal civil rights protest, We March tells the story of one family’s experience, presenting the history of the day in one short sentence and concept per page (“The sun rises,”
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
Sep 30, 2012 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
Jun 07, 2014 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 ...more
Lynnae Young
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
We March is a historical fiction story of the famous civil rights march of 1963. It follows the journal of a family marching to freedom. It shows them making signs, meeting with the other marchers, following their leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., walking along side those supporting the civil rights movement. This book does not give much background of the civil rights movements so in order for a child to understand it you will have to explain it. I recommend this being an introduction to ...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
Sheri Levasseur
This short text rendition of our nation's first Civil Rights March on Washington beautifully brings accessibility to this historical event, even to early elementary students.

A black family of four, with young children, rise and prepare to march together with other activists of all race, gender and ability for equality and freedom. Illustrated protest signs that read "equal work, equal pay", "We want freedom", "justice for all" , etc will potentially ignite opportunity for meaningful class
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
Feb 21, 2013 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
Ben Truong
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
We March is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. It is a book about the preparation by marchers for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on 28 August 1963.

The text is simplistic, but to the point. It is a story of how marchers prepare for the March on Washington and how they got there. It does all that with a few of words as possible. The illustrations are a tad two-dimensional, but showed the preparation prior and during the March on Washington
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
K-1 read aloud around Martin Luther King Junior Day.

Martin Luther king Junior Day.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good introduction to the Civil Rights movement for early elementary school students (possibly even preschool and kindergarten students). There's very simple text, so it's not too heavy for the younger ones, though really little ones might still not get the events behind it.
Would be good for a storytime (or read-aloud program for older students) on MLK Day - pair with I Have a Dream, for example. Would also be good for a lesson on speaking up, activism, etc - still very current topics, if
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 ...more
Hannah Stiepleman
Dec 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lit-shelf
We March is a book about the civil rights movement told from the perspective of a little girl. There are very few words so it would be great of younger readers to understand the basics of the movement. There are also characters that were big during the civil rights movement, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, that are depicted in this book. Would be a great book to use during Black History Month when talking to younger kids bout the discrimination that used to be very prevalent in ...more
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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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