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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Every page of The Antiracist Kid has something for readers to learn. Because the text has words that may be new to readers, there's a Glossary filled with short definitions of dozens of terms used in the book, everything from "abelism" (discrimination against people who have physical, emotional or neurological and mental disabilities) to "classism" (discrimination and oppression against people who don't have a lot of money or resources), "nonbinary" (people who don't identify as male or female), and "stereotype" (a general idea or belief about a group of people that's not based on facts). There's also a "List of Books to Read to Keep Learning and Growing" as well as a list of "Books for the Adult Reader (So They Can Keep Learning and Growing)."
You're never too young to advocate against racism and injustice.
Positive Role Models
Short profiles of three young people courageously resisting and advocating against racism are included in the "Activism" section. Thandiwe Abdullah is from California, uses any pronoun, and started the Black Lives Matter Youth Vanguard. Charlotte Roparticomes is indigenous and lives in Alaska, uses she/her pronouns, and advocates for indigenous students and their right to wear traditional and sacred clothing at school graduation ceremonies. Jawaria Jama is from Minnesota and fights for environmental justice, asking lawmakers to put money and resources toward protecting people and the environment. Real and fictional characters in the book model compassion, communication, and teamwork.
Three fictional characters who live in same neighborhood and have known each other since kindergarten appear throughout the "Identity" section of the book, sharing how much they have in common even though they may seem very different. Ruby is 8 and her racial identity is biracial (her mother is Asian American and her father is Black). Her ethnic identity is Filipino and African American and her gender identity is cisgender female (meaning her gender assigned at birth was female and she identifies as female). Her citizenship identity is American and Philippine and she has dual citizenship. She lives with her mother and aunt. Eight-year-old Shawn's racial identity is Black and he's a cisgender male. His ethnic identity is African American, Gambian, and Dominican. Shawn has ADHD and lives with his two moms. His family is Christian. Dani's ethic identity is Taíno and Seminole and his ancestors came from what is now called Puerto Rico and what is now called the United States. They have golden brown skin, are 9-years-old, nonbinary, use they/them pronouns, and live with their grandparents, parents and siblings.
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Violence & Scariness
The "Justice" section includes several examples of microagressions: Someone being asked "Where are you from?" or "What are you?" A teacher only asking Black students to talk about Black characters in books the class is reading, or someone using the wrong pronoun when talking with you.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tiffany Jewel's The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism is a series of powerful lessons about racism that never talks down to young readers. Divided into three sections ("Identity," "Justice," and "Activism") and filled to overflowing with colorful illustrations, the book explores race and identity in the United States and what it means if you don't fit into the dominant culture of the U.S. Readers learn how to define bias, prejudice, and discrimination, talk honestly about our differences, understand why some people have more power than others, and find ways to become an antiracist activist. Ruby and her friends Shawn and Dani appear as characters throughout the "Identity" section. Ruby is biracial, Black, and a cisgender female. Shawn is African American, Gambian, and Dominican, has ADHD, and lives with his two moms. Dani is Taíno and Seminole, nonbinary, and uses they/them pronouns. This book is a great choice to be read and discussed by the whole family.
Is It Any Good?
This combination of reader-friendly language and bright bold illustrations makes even complex lessons about racism accessible to readers. The amount of information in The Antiracist Kid could seem overwhelming to some younger readers, so in her note "To Readers," author Tiffany Jewell suggests starting at the part that most interests you rather than trying to read it from beginning to end. This book can be read and discussed a few pages (or even a page) at a time.
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