Books by Shane W. Evans

28 DAYS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A stellar achievement for the whole year—not just its shortest month. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Three pivotal Supreme Court cases, one amendment, and 25 great men and women make for memorable entries. Read full book review >
MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD by Tameka Fryer Brown
Released: March 7, 2013

"Figurative and grounded—a nicely sophisticated exploration. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a free-wheeling style and going far beyond the usual pairings of colors with moods, Jamie describes his day's emotional path. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Share with readers of all ages as a beautiful message about peaceful protest and purposeful action. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An African-American family awakens before dawn to prepare for the historic March on Washington in August, 1963. Read full book review >
CHOCOLATE ME! by Taye Diggs
FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Self-worth is always worth bolstering, but the positive message here is clouded by muddled subtexts and visual cues. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Dark-skinned children are more likely to be confused than comforted by this unvarnished esteem-builder. Read full book review >
UNDERGROUND by Shane W.  Evans
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Lengthier accounts of travel on the Underground Railroad abound, but few if any portray the experience with such compelling immediacy. (afterword) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Powerfully expressive imagery will sweep young viewers into this suspenseful journey along the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >
LI'L RABBIT'S KWANZAA by Donna L. Washington
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The Nguzo Saba, or seven principles of Kwanzaa, are appended. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Li'l Rabbit is not having a good Kwanzaa. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2010

"The title pages and final spread show Johnson, backlit by a powerful sun, the perfect visual metaphor for the hope he gave to black Americans of his time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Through poetry, quotations and some prose, the life of one of boxing's most important stars is celebrated, from his youth as the victim of bullies to the 1908 championship bout against a white fighter that made him a legend. Read full book review >
MY BROTHER CHARLIE by Holly Robinson Peete
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2010

"A seldom-seen perspective on autism delivered concisely and with empathy. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Mother and daughter co-authors write about the experience of having an autistic child in the family. Read full book review >
OLU’S DREAM by Shane W.  Evans
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"While the simple rhyming text of successive couplets is regrettably inelegant, this is a pleasant story that encourages readers to use their creative capacities. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Curly-haired Olu would rather play than sleep, but when Dad and Mom turn off the lights, the vivacious tyke embarks on a series of fantastical dreams. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Although not outstanding, it is undeniably useful as the only picture-book biography of the self-taught Hunter, who died in 1988 at the age of 101. (thumbnail reproductions, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
Hunter started painting on scraps and gourds at age 50, using paints left by artists who frequented the Louisiana plantation where she worked. Read full book review >
WHEN HARRIET MET SOJOURNER by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"It's a nifty idea, but, alas, the vessel is somewhat stronger than its story. (Picture book/fictionalized nonfiction. 7-10)"
A patchwork motif visually pieces together the stories of the two redoubtable abolitionists, who met only once—in Boston in 1864—but who shared a passionate mission. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Rather than increasing the immediacy of the experience, as it did in the earlier volumes, it serves to distance the reader from people and events, which is a pity considering its beauty. (timeline, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Following on the heels of No More! (2002) and Free at Last (2004) is the third in this striking trilogy documenting African-American history. Read full book review >
HOLD THE FLAG HIGH by Catherine Clinton
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2005

"A strong lead-in to Clinton Cox's Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (1991) or Clinton's own The Black Soldier: 1492 to the Present (2000). (time line, resource list) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Evans's thickly brushed scenes of African-American soldiers with downcast eyes, clustered beneath rippling Stars and Stripes, lend an air of ritual solemnity in keeping with Clinton's inspiring commemoration of Sgt. Read full book review >
DID I TELL YOU I LOVE YOU TODAY? by Deloris Jordan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"In the manner of Guess How Much I Love You and other gentle evocations of parental and familial love, this is a tender read-aloud that might become an often-repeated bedtime ritual for the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A mother tells her child all the ways she demonstrates her love as they experience the events of daily living. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Extensive back matter includes an illustrator's note, acknowledgments, bibliography, further reading, Web sites, and an index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Rappaport and Evans reprise the passion and power that informed their 2002 collaboration No More! Read full book review >
FISHING DAY by Andrea Davis Pinkney
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A gentle tale with a big punch. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Reenie and her mom are having fun and great success while fishing in Jim Crow River, while Peter and his father are fishing for food and have nothing to show for it. Read full book review >
THE WAY A DOOR CLOSES by Hope Anita Smith
POETRY
Released: May 1, 2003

"For all this, however, C.J.'s story is a touching and memorable one, its eventual happy ending not a capitulation but a blessing. (Poetry. 8-12)"
A spare cycle of mostly free verse details the anguish of one family when the father loses his job. Read full book review >
Homemade Love by bell hooks
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"This joyful, loving African-American family is a model for all families to emulate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
There is no plot in this paean to parental unconditional love, but one isn't needed; the bold design and bright colors infuse enough energy into the soothing message to keep readers and listeners hooked. Read full book review >
SHANNA’S TEACHER SHOW by Jean Marzollo
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"Erudite and exuberant, Shanna definitely delivers the goods on teachers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Marzollo's sapient heroine, Shanna, demonstrates the art of teaching with vivacious role-playing that makes this latest edition in the series (Shanna's Doctor Show, not reviewed, etc.) a rousing success. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An excellent account of the many ways in which slaves participated in bringing down the greatest evil in our nation's history. (author's note, chronology of important events, bibliography, recommended reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A poem about the impossibility of enslaving the mind and soul of a person in chains sets the tone for this stunning collection of stories and songs in tribute to slave resistance in America. Read full book review >
TAKE IT TO THE HOOP, MAGIC JOHNSON by Quincy Troupe
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A three-point shot from downtown! (Picture book. All ages)"
Dynamic, kid-centered book design, a poetic, pumped-up text set in a high-energy typeface, and jazzy line art set in vivid expanses of color all masterfully combine in this terrific picture-book paean to the life and career of Lakers' star Magic Johnson. Read full book review >
DOWN THE WINDING ROAD by Angela Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2000

"A fine book about a strong African-American family and a moving story about the relationship between children and the older members of a family that doesn't involve death, Alzheimer's Disease, or dwell too heavily on other problems of aging. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A poignant story about enduring bonds adds a special touch to a common family experience. Read full book review >