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Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Hardcover – May 11, 2021
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This chapter book edition of the groundbreaking #1 bestseller by luminaries Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is an essential introduction to the history of racism and antiracism in America
RACE. Uh-oh. The R-word.
But actually talking about race is one of the most important things to learn how to do.
Adapted from the award-winning, bestselling Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, this book takes readers on a journey from present to past and back again. Kids will discover where racist ideas came from, identify how they impact America today, and meet those who have fought racism with antiracism. Along the way, they’ll learn how to identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives.
Ibram X. Kendi’s research, Jason Reynolds’s and Sonja Cherry-Paul’s writing, and Rachelle Baker’s art come together in this vital read, enhanced with a glossary, timeline, and more.
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A 2022 ALA Notable Children’s Book
#1 New York Times bestseller
A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids
A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Selection
A 2020 American Library Association Notable Book
* “Exhilarating, excellent, necessary.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* “A wonderfully accessible version of the already seminal work for teens.”―School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You:
#1 New York Times bestseller
#1 IndieBound bestseller
Wall Street Journal bestseller
2020 Kirkus Prize finalist
A TIME Magazine Ten Best Children’s and YA Books of the Year?
A Parents Magazine best book of the year
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly best book of the year
An SLJ best book of the year
"An amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto for young people....At times funny, at times somber but always packed with relevant information that is at once thoughtful and spot-on, Stamped is the book I wish I had as a young person and am so grateful my own children have now."―Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
"Sheer brilliance....An empowering, transformative read. Bravo."―Jewell Parker Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys
"Teens are often searching for their place in the world, in Stamped, Reynolds gives context to where we are, how we got here, and reminds young people-and all of us-that we have a choice to make about who we want to be. This unapologetic telling of the history of racism in our nation is refreshingly simple and deeply profound. This is the history book I needed as a teen."―Renée Watson, New York Timesbestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of Piecing Me Together
"Jason Reynolds has the amazing ability to make words jump off the page. Told with passion, precision, and even humor, Stamped is a true story-a living story-that everyone needs to know."―Steve Sheinkin, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bomb and Born to Fly
"The R-word: Racism. Some tuck tail and run from it. Others say it's no longer a thing. But Dr. Kendi breaks it down, and Jason Reynolds makes it easy to understand. Mark my words: This book will change everything."―Nic Stone, #1 bestselling author of Dear Martin
"If knowledge is power, this book will make you more powerful than you've ever been before."―Ibi Zoboi, author of the National Book Award finalist American Street
"Reading this compelling not-a-history book is like finding a field guide to American racism, allowing you to quickly identify racist ideas when you encounter them in the wild."―Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus
"Reynolds's engaging, clear prose shines a light on difficult and confusing subjects....This is no easy feat."―The New York Times Book Review
"the must-read book of the moment...potent and provocative"―San Francisco Chronicle
* "Readers who want to truly understand how deeply embedded racism is in the very fabric of the U.S., its history, and its systems will come away educated and enlightened. Worthy of inclusion in every home and in curricula and libraries everywhere. Impressive and much needed."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "An epic feat... More than merely a young reader's adaptation of Kendi's landmark work, Stamped does a remarkable job of tying together disparate threads while briskly moving through its historical narrative."―Bookpage, starred review
* "Required reading for everyone, especially those invested in the future of young people in America."―Booklist, starred review
* "Reynolds and Kendi eloquently challenge the common narrative attached to U.S. history. This adaptation, like the 2016 adult title, will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact. Highly recommended for libraries serving middle and high school students."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "Eye-opening...this engaging overview offers readers lots to think about and should spark important conversations about this timely topic."―School Library Connection, starred review
* "Reynolds (Look Both Ways) lends his signature flair to remixing Kendi's award-winning Stamped from the Beginning...Told impressively economically, loaded with historical details that connect clearly to current experiences, and bolstered with suggested reading and listening selected specifically for young readers, Kendi and Reynolds's volume is essential, meaningfully accessible reading."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Thorough and educational…fresh and conversational...”―TIME Magazine
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316167584
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316167581
- Reading age : 7+ years, from customers
- Grade level : 1 - 5
- Item Weight : 9.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 7.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The fact is that race, the history of racial issues in our country, and the current racial/social issues in our country are difficult to navigate for many as we try to educate our children. This book is a great starting point to doing that. It doesn't idolize people and it shows the reality that even those we may admire from the past, can have flaws and made mistakes.
words of honesty and of action. This book gives them exactly that. I can't praise this adaptation enough and so glad I found it for them and myself!
I have read this book three times straight through, and I have also read Kendi & Reynolds' iterations.
The prelude talks about how we must always and ever talk about race, that one of the most important things children can do is put social significance back into racial categories, which is straight out of Critical Race Theory (CRT) founder Kimberlé Crenshaw. This was a mistake 400 years ago, and it's a mistake today. Two wrongs do not make a right.
Chapter 1 positions slavery as especially European, and completely ignores not only the Arabian slave trade in Africa that happened concurrently with the European slave trade, but it also ignores the fact that slavery has been in every single society since humans started planting crops. It neglects to mention that it was Western, liberal/ Enlightement-valued countries that first banned slavery. Instead, it blames European countries for it.
Chapter 2 introduces a common concept and the first tenet of CRT as developed by founder Derrick Bell: that racism is ordinary, permanent and hidden. This idea is laced throughout the book.
Chapter 3 introduces children to Peggy McIntosh's idea of 'white privilege'. Children aren't taught that the so-called privileges some people have are actually rights everyone deserves, and that lack of these rights isn't lack of privilege but presence of bias and discrimination. Instead, white privilege is presents basic rights as something somehow unfair and unjust for people to have. This chapter also introduces the idea of 'equity', that outcomes must be equal among 'groups'.
Chapter 4 continually indoctrinates with more of the ubiquitous racism that is in the air and in the water and everywhere. It also teaches children to be skeptical of math because racists used math in history. This is a classic CRT move, to denigrate Enlightenment ideas like reason, objectivity and empiricism.
Chapter 5 promotes race essentialism and teaches children that there is such a thing as being 'Black' and being 'White' as if all people who shared the same immutable characteristics think the same way. Really bad stuff for kids.
Chapter 6 teaches kids that racist ideas in the past are 'tied' to racist ideas today, teaching kids racial scapegoating.
Chapter 7 promotes the idea that words matter, grooming kids to be ready to censor themselves for any words that CRT activists disapprove of.
Chapter 8 presents Abraham Lincoln, the country's best president in the most cynical light possible, suggesting that he was actually FOR slavery. This chapter also alludes to the namesake of the book (and the series), which is a quote from treasonous Confederate president and traitor to the United States, Jefferson Davis. It's pretty disgusting that CRT activists want to use Jefferson Davis' words to describe the nature of America.
Chapter 9 complains how Booker T. Washington and WEB Du Bois (at first) weren't strong enough CRT activists. It's pretty astonishing how people in history are judged by today's standards. This is just not the kind of 'history' book you want in front of your kids, unless to teach them how NOT to do it.
Chapter 10 introduces some Marxian Conflict Theory with oppressed/oppressors as well as the idea of 'liberation' which is essentially doing activism until the communist utopia is achieved.
Chapter 11 will introduce your child into Antonio Gramsci's Marxist ideas, to subvert culture and cancel it to work forward in the revolution. It lists and 'analyzes' a bunch of popular culture that is, of course, 'racist' and 'problematic'.
Chapter 12 introduces children to the CRT idea of 'false consciousness', that is, if people aren't 'politically black' (a lá Nikole Hannah-Jones), then such people who happen to be black are 'pushing' 'racist ideas'.
Chapter 13 reinforces the ubiquitous hidden nature of permanent racism as put forth by traitor Jefferson Davis.
Chapter 14 falsely equates the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s to CRT activists today. Except for the fact that the Civil Rights movement worked IN and FOR liberal systems, while CRT explicitly rejects liberalism (Stefancic & Delgado).
Chapter 15 makes more references to neo-Marxist Herbert Marcuse's idea of 'liberationism', which is to seek the utopia by any means possible, especially by repressing dissenting views. Sounds really American, right? Good for kids, right? This chapter also introduces CRT founder Crenshaw's idea of intersectionality, which is basically a complex set of binaries that groups people into 'oppressor' & 'oppressed' categories.
Chapter 16 presents Angela Davis as a saint, when in reality she is a much more controversial figure. Some facts about Angela Davis that this beatification leaves out: she was a communist who wanted to abolish US prisons (but not Soviet gulags), wrote lovingly to cult leaders like Jim Jones, supported the communist East German military, and was a student radicalized by the above Herbert Marcuse.
Chapter 17 continues the CRT rejection of reason, objectivity & empiricism by suggesting that because racists used math and science in the past, these things are themselves to blame, not the individuals who used them.
Chapter 18 doesn't make a lot of sense. It's a confused revision of Kendi & Reynolds' iterations with a mishmash of Black Power, MLK and Planet of the Apes.
Chapter 19 continues with this ever-present, hidden racism. It's everywhere, but unseen.
Chapter 20 continues its love-fest of adoring treasonous rebel Jeff Davis' words about what the United States is about. This chapter also quotes MLK saying, 'a riot is the language of the unheard' but neglects to mention that that particular essay puts forth the idea of non-violence, not implicit support of rioting.
Chapter 21 shares again a glossy view of equity, but declines to get specific that equity is about forcing a reallocation of resources so that outcomes among groups are equal. This is also known as communism. This chapter also uses the CRT party line in rejecting colorblindness. Of course, they misrepresent what colorblindness actually is (which is not judging someone by their immutable characteristics but by the merits of their work and ideas). Instead, colorblindness is accused of being racist and that no one can literally 'not see' color. It's ridiculous. No one who is for colorblindness means LITERAL colorblindness.
Chapter 22 shares a cynical idea that celebrating successful people who happen to be black in the US is racist. The book also neglects to share that our country is bar none the best country in the world for a person who happens to be black. Can it be better? Of COURSE. But there is never an acknowledgement of the miraculous progress our country has made. Only cynical Critical analysis.
Chapter 23 gives a shout out to the founders of BLM, who own multi-million dollar properties across the country despite admitting that they are 'trained Marxists' who celebrate texts that are like Mao's Little Red Book.
Chapter 24 is a pure Leftist talking point chapter. It also introduces another core concept in CRT: white supremacy.
The afterword is a call for your child to be a CRT activist.
Read it for yourself. Parents and teachers, you absolutely should. You need to know what will be ALL OVER your child's school this upcoming year.