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Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Complex intro to history of U.S. ideas about race.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Too Biased - Not an accurate historic resource

This book does highlight parts of American History that are often overlooked and are important to include, but the authors focus Only on the negatives of American history. Our history is a complex one that should be presented to children from an unbiased perspective. The book is written as if it is presenting fact, yet in reality, there is a confusing mixture of truth, opinion, and a distortion of facts. Some claims were so egregious I had to look them up - and found them to be false... statements about Lincoln, John Locke, Aristotle (and more).... all wrong. Children would have a hard time knowing that this is not an accurate history book.
age 9+

Education For Real World Application

This book was full of background information that tends to get over looked, dismissed, or deemed unimportant in schools.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This adaptation of the adult and teen books is moderately successful. Like its predecessors, Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You, which was adapted by Sonja-Cherry Paul, in collaboration with New York Times best-selling authors Jason Reynolds New York Times-bestselling authors Jason Reynolds (All American Boys) and Ibram X. Kendi (Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You), explains the history of ideas about race in the United States. However, the explanation seems inaccessible to 6- to 8-year-old children at the younger end of the publisher's target audience. The content veers between young-kid-friendly discussions like, "Think about the power of stories. Our favorite characters make us feel brave and better about ourselves and the world," to very adult-oriented, abstract language and concepts like, "The No Child Left Behind Act ... decreased funding to schools ... Schools attended by mostly Black students were already underfunded and lacked the resources of schools attended by mostly White students." Younger children may not be capable of engaging critically with the authors' claims.

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