A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a fresh new board book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves.
Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.
With bold art and thoughtful yet playful text, Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.
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National Book Award winner Kendi addresses youngest readers in this board book introduction to combatting racism, which outlines nine steps for rearing accountable kids. Each spread begins with a numbered rule, then follows with a rhyming explanation. Starting with "Open your eyes to all skin colors" and ending with "Believe we shall overcome racism," Kendi provides broadly actionable pointers to dispel societal misconceptions: "Point at policies as the problem, not people./ Some people get more, while others get less.../ because policies don't always grant equal access." Boldly outlined, inclusive illustrations by Lukashevsky complement the text by showing a world populated by people of various skin tones, sizes, identities and orientations, religions, and abilities. Though the advanced diction ("there's no neutrality") gears the volume more toward caretakers than infants themselves, the book will nonetheless serve as a mindful companion for families striving together toward a more equitable future: "Antiracist Baby is bred, not born./ Antiracist Baby is raised/ to make society transform." Ages up to 3.
Ok if I say anything I’m racist if I give it less than 4 stars so yeah also very expensive so just thought I’d say that
Reading your books make me think that you are planing to homicide every white person on the planet. Other people can be racist to white people too
As a black, independent man in his 20s, I came to this book (and purchased it) upon mention of it during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
I like that the book provides actionable steps that children can follow. It was a nice touch by the author to include teachings and guidelines for parents at the end. I wish only that the illustrations matched the theme the words portray.
Ironically, this book itself is (in a way) racist. There is an illustration of a baby knocking down a stack of “cultural blocks”; one of which depicts a white power symbol. Toward the end, there is another illustration that depicts a black power fist symbol on the cover of a book. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
Furthermore, within the adult section of the book, parents are being guided to inform their children that the impoverished conditions of Black and brown people are no fault of their own, rather it is racist policies that are the sole contributor; this is not always the case and we shouldn’t be painting economical disparities with such a narrow brush. It is my opinion that this promotes prejudice within children.
This book was clearly written with Black and brown families as the target demographic. I can see why people who are not Black or brown find it to be unfair. As much as it is important to teach or children about systematic injustice and inequalities, it is also important to ensure that we are not, in turn, engineering unpatriotic, begrudged citizens.