Featured books by Shane Evans

Underground

Underground

By: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Brief, staccato text and dark-hued, mixed-media illustrations convey the drama of enslaved people escaping on the Underground Railroad. There is limited light and grave danger until the family reaches freedom in this seemingly simple yet rich and sophisticated book.

We March

We March

By: Shane Evans
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Two children aroused by their parents join a march for equal rights.  Short sentences and semi-abstract illustrations convey the children's evolving feelings as they join scores of others in what adults recognize as an historic march for civil rights.

Books illustrated by Shane Evans

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

By: Charles Smith
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

History is made up of moments. Twenty-eight moments revealed in poetry, well-known quotes, and more and rich, swirling illustration are presented – one for each of the days in Black History Month. This creative presentation, however, amply demonstrates that African American history is worth sharing all year.

Art from Her Heart

Art from Her Heart

By: Kathy Whitehead
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Self-taught artist Clementine Hunter used paint and canvas to record life in the rural south. Her work was first hung on a clothesline, much later in galleries. This attractive picture book biography concludes with an author's note and actual images by Hunter.

Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson

Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson

By: Charles Smith
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Arthur John Johnson became known as Black Jack, the world's first black heavyweight champion and one of the best known boxers of the 20th century. Readers meet him through a rhythmic text and bold illustrations that present a clever, hardworking, and confident man. The book is published just in time to commemorate the anniversary of historic fight, July 4, 1910.

Fishing Day

Fishing Day

By: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Reenie and her mother often fish along a river nicknamed Jim Crow, where they often see Peter and his father fishing, too. Since Reenie is black and Peter is white, they never speak — until Reenie reaches out to bridge a divide even wider than the river. A hopeful ending concludes this expressively illustrated recollection of the author's childhood.

Here We Go Round

Here We Go Round

By: Alice McGill
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Seven-year old Roberta is sent to her grandparents' home in North Carolina when her pregnant mother is put on bed rest. This sensitive story captures an earlier time and the honest emotion of a childhood fears and joys.

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

By: Jonah Winter
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Biography, Historical Fiction, Fiction

As the older woman, Ms Lillian, walks a steep hill to vote. While walking, she remembers the precipitous climb that those who preceded her made so that she could cast her ballot. The storyteller’s tone of the text and dramatic illustrations tell a powerful story.

My Brother Charlie

My Brother Charlie

By: Holly Robinson Peete, Ryan Elizabeth Peete
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Twins Callie and Charlie have a lot in common, but they are also very different: Charlie has autism. Callie narrates the story, describing what autism is and exploring the issues that come along with it. The theme is of love, patience, and acceptance. Endnotes give a few basic facts for children unfamiliar with autism. The authors, a mother-daughter team, based this story on personal experience. The bright, mixed-media illustrations depict the family's warmth and concern.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

By: Tameka Fryer Brown
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

Jamie's day goes from a "purple kind of mood/Cold-plum eating…" to a gray and yellow and finally back to plum. The use of colors to describe moods associated with familiar family goings-on is enhanced by stylized illustrations and lively, lyrical language.

When Harriet Met Sojourner

When Harriet Met Sojourner

By: Catherine Clinton
Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Though born years and miles apart, the paths of two extraordinary women would one day cross briefly. The women, who are known now as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, would come to play a significant role in securing rights for African Americans. Stylized illustrations and brief text present the people, the period, and their encounter.

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