Book Highlight: Part 3
Now for the third installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Ann Carpenter, Selection Committee Member for We March, written and illustrated by Shane W. Evan, published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press.
Waking early in the morning children and their families prepare for their day - a momentous task as this is the day they will “follow their leaders” to make a difference in their world by taking part in the March on Washington. Throughout a day marked by community support the family participates in the historic protest. An afterward by the author provides more information for interested readers.
One of the many strengths of this short but powerful book is its ability to be read on many levels. Preschoolers identify with the need to work together and to stand up for what you believe in. Older children absorb the powerful message of our ability to create change by protesting injustice. Young people with the background knowledge to understand the historical and cultural context of the March on Washington build on their appreciation of a landmark Civil Rights event.
For its ability to be understood and appreciated by our youngest readers and listeners, to spark discussions about history, culture, and the power of group protest, and to inspire us to take action, the Jane Addams Book Award Committee is proud to name We March by Shane Evans as an Honor book in the Younger Reader category.