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The emergence of the term "antiracist" in our global discourse has pushed away language that now seems euphemistic—multicultural, diverse, pluralistic—and that clearly was not strong enough to allow us to examine deeply-rooted prejudices carefully. Acclaimed author Kendi believes that even the very young need to be familiar with what it means to be antiracist, yet this colorful board book is as much for adult caregivers as it is for little ones. It provides nine numbered strategies, each given its own spread, for being antiracist, including knocking down "the stack of cultural blocks" that we use to create hierarchies of people and "confessing when being racist," which is to say, recognizing or naming racism. These concepts are presented as simple and matter-of-fact, so the adult reading Antiracist Baby to children should be prepared to unpack some complicated matters. The babies in Lukashevsky's bold illustrations are symbolic of a multiracial future that has the potential to collaborate for a better world—as long as they talk about it. Preschool. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Annex Reviews

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. (June)

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Author Biography

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. A professor of History and frequent public speaker, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and How to Be an Antiracist.

Ashley Lukashevsky is an illustrator and visual artist who uses illustration and art as a tool to strengthen social movements against systemic racism and sexism. Before moving to illustration full-time, she was the art director at KINDLAND and the social impact designer at LA2050, an initiative to create a positive shared future for all Angelenos. Learn more at her website or follow her on Instagram @ASHLUKADRAWS. - (Penguin Putnam)


Illustrations and rhyming text present nine steps Antiracist Baby can take to improve equity, such as opening our eyes to all skin colors and celebrating all our differences. - (Baker & Taylor)

A #1 New York Times Bestseller!
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices!
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist comes a new 9x9 picture book that empowers parents and children to uproot racism in our society and in ourselves, now with added discussion prompts to help readers recognize and reflect on bias in their daily lives.

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. - (Penguin Putnam)

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