Shane Evans

Books by This Illustrator

Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson

Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
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

Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 3-6
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

Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
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.

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood

Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
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.

The Red Pencil

Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 9-12

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala — Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp.

When Harriet Met Sojourner

Illustrated by: Shane Evans
Age Level: 6-9
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.