Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning (Hardcover)
Spring 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“This is a book about big ideas. Ideas that, in the past, have only been laid out and talked about by adults. Now, Jason Reynolds has taken those ideas and traced them clearly through history so they can be presented and understood by a younger audience. Today, everyone grows up in a world affected by racism, so everyone should be able to understand its origins and the ways it creeps into the world. In Stamped, Reynolds speaks directly to young readers to give them the tools to understand the many forms racism can take, how they came to be, and how to deal with them.”
— Bryce Lucas, 57th Street Books, Chicago, IL
“Before we begin, let’s get something straight. This is not a history book.”
I wish this “not a history book” had been available when I was a young adult. Jason Reynolds is absolutely right, this is nothing like the books I read when I was in school.
What I appreciate is the direct and open dialogue about the fact that race is still a topic that Americans are not comfortable talking about. He tells the readers “Let’s all take a deep breath. Inhale. Hold it. Exhale and breathe out.”
Something I say quite often at work when talking about the topic of race, racism and antiracism is that we all need to get comfortable talking about the uncomfortable. Emmanuel Acho really has brought this concept to the limelight with his YouTube series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man” and his book of the same name that was released in November 2020. We need to sit in the discomfort in order to move the needle on racism in America.
In 2021, I am starting to tackle the book Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. I am talking my time with this 583 page book to digest, learn and unpack all it has to offer. Leading up to starting that this year, in 2020 I read Stamped, the young adult adaptation or “remix” of the original.
At first, I purchased it for my middle school aged daughter. My goal was for both of us to read it as a way to open up dialogue about these critical topics. I wanted her to have a more realistic picture of America’s history and why we are where we are today. I also wanted to get her more comfortable talking about racism so when she sees it, she feels empowered, educated, and knowledgeable enough to speak out against it.
I read Stamped prior to her starting and could not put it down. Jason’s writing style is so engaging and flows in such a way that I kept turning the pages. I learned about Segregationists, Assimilationists and Antiracists. I learned about who has the title of “World’s First Racist”. I learned about the history of slavery and the progression into mass incarceration. I learned about the politicians behind continuing structural racism on both sides; Democrats and Republicans.
If you are starting on your antiracism learning journey, this is a great place to start. Jason Reynolds has a unique way of making a difficult topic easier to journey through and absorb. From my perspective, this should be required reading for all middle to high school age students, parents wanting to dialogue with their kids to start raising a generation of antiracists willing to take action, and anyone overwhelmed by the sheer size and density of Stamped From the Beginning as a preview.— Erin Dewsbury-Ribeiro, Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center, Ypsilanti, MI
This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives. Download the free educator guide here: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Stamped-Educator-Guide.pdf
Now available for younger readers: Stamped (for Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You
Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is an Ideas Columnist at The Atlantic, and a correspondent with CBS News. He is the author of five books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; How to Be an Antiracist; STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.
#1 New York Times bestseller
#1 IndieBound bestseller
Wall Street Journal bestseller
2020 Kirkus Prize finalist
Best Teen Book of the Year, Kids’ Book Choice Awards Winner
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
A 2020 New York Public Library Best Teen Book
A 2020 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Teen Book
"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, 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
“A must-read for everyone…eye-opening.”—Seventeen Magazine