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Book of the Month: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Recommended grades 7-12

This collaboration between author’s Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is designed for young people, ages 12 and up, to begin or continue their journey in understanding the history of race and racism in the United States. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is a book that narrates the history and educates readers on the current status of racist ideas. Beyond that, it inspires hope for an antiracist future through collective action and personal commitment.

An essential topic for readers of all ages, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is a remix of the National Book Award-winning adult nonfiction book, Stamped: From the Beginning by Dr Ibram X. Kendi. While Dr. Kendi’s original book is appropriate for college students and adults, the version recommended for grades 7-12 packages the central message in an age-appropriate way using the talents of Jason Reynolds. Reynolds is a celebrated American author who writes novels and poetry for young audiences. Common themes in his writing include reflecting the modern world through the authentic perspectives of his characters representing different cultures and marginalized identities in society. His adaptation of Stamped does not shy away from engaging readers in deep thinking about how to notice and disrupt racism in their lives, working toward an antiracist future.

In 2020, Sonia Cherry-Paul’s writing and Rachelle Baker’s illustrations adapted this impactful narrative to even younger readers with Stamped (For Kids). This trio of writings makes for a unique opportunity for all members of your family to engage with history, current events, and the antiracist call to action present in all three adaptations. Whether you are a college student, a rising high schooler looking for summer reading, or a parent seeking nonfiction material for your young child – these writers have created a rich resource for you.

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