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 was one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Children's Books of 2012, and is an important story about the African American civil rights movement.
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maine Cream of the Crop Master List, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Charlotte Zolotow Award / Highly Commended
Praise for We March
"[A] well-told and superbly rendered book.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“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.” —The Bulletin
“Share with readers of all ages as a beautiful message about peaceful protest and purposeful action.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“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