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A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America

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.
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Hardcover, 294 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Pernille Ripp It is written in a way that is stunningly accessible to youth, it takes the work of Dr. Kendi and breaks it down without losing the essence of the his…moreIt is written in a way that is stunningly accessible to youth, it takes the work of Dr. Kendi and breaks it down without losing the essence of the history or the thread. It is audaciously well done.(less)
Ms. McGregor Middle school through adult. It is accessible and digestible, but not condescending. It provides viewpoints and information that is not always well-kn…moreMiddle school through adult. It is accessible and digestible, but not condescending. It provides viewpoints and information that is not always well-known, even to many highly educated adults. (less)

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Emily May
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
Shelves: 2020, nonfiction
There was no science to prove any of this. But who needs science when you have racism?

This should be required reading in all American schools. Kids need to know and understand this history (even if the author is quick to tell you it's "not a history book"). It really is absolutely essential. And Reynolds's adaptation is a very accessible, very necessary overview of 500+ years of racism and antiracism in the United States. Now I'm thinking I need to get my hands on Kendi's Stamped from the Be
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Riley
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“If we understand how the tree works, how the trunk and roots are where the power lies, and how gravity is on our side, we can attack it, each of us with small axes, and change the face of the forest. So let’s learn all there is to know about the tree of racism. The root. The fruit. The sap and trunk. The nests built over time, the changing leaves. That way, your generation can finally, actively chop it down.”

This was a reworking of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped From the Beginning, told in a way
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Tatiana
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I hope this book is put into the hands of every teen in this country, so that it can at least somewhat counteract the white-colored "history" they learn in schools. This work isn't trying to be objective or neutral or to be a history book. It's a call to all of us to face the centuries of racism in the US, and once and for all become anti-racist. Adapted by Jason Reynolds from Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. I appreciated the compl ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
“There will come a time when we will love humanity, when we will gain the courage to fight for an equitable society for our beloved humanity, knowing, intelligently, that when we fight for humanity, we are fighting for ourselves.”

This was absolutely phenomenal. I haven't read the original by Ibram X. Kendi yet, but I certainly plan to after listening to Jason Reynolds' magnificent YA re-working of it. I don't know how much this book will help educate many of the Black individuals in my live
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Roshani Chokshi
An empowering must-read. I can't wait to gift it to family and friends.
Johann (jobis89)
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This should be required reading in schools. Incredibly informative yet accessible. Loved it! Full review to come.
Jon
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jason Reynold’s magic is on every page, transforming Ibram Kendi’s work into an accessible volume for youth. For all libraries Grade 7+.
Liza Wiemer
A thousand⭐️s. Wow. It's a must for every adult. It needs to be taught in history classes in every U.S. school as part of the curriculum. It's important. Critical. Don't wait! Read this book! Share this book!

STAMPED has the power to change false perceptions of race, crush lies, and bring about important change in laws that continue to promote racism and other forms of hate. BUT, that means we need to take positive action. Don’t wait! Start by reading this book. Share this book!

It's impactful to
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Jamie
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic YA version of Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

I was fortunate enough to do a signing with Jason Reynolds in Winston-Salem a couple of years ago, and honestly, I was in awe. Afterward I went and spoke at a book club luncheon and Jason went to speak at 3-4 schools. He's a busy guy doing important work, with an uncanny ability to telegraph serious, complex information about race to teens in a way th
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Betsy Robinson
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a YA edition of a much longer book that I meant to buy, but I made a mistake. I'm glad I did because this is extraordinary. I'm 69 years old and I can only imagine how the world might be different if this had been in the school curriculum when I was in junior high.

At only one-quarter of the way through, I'm going to review this now in order to say to all my friends with teenage kids, buy this book! And read it yourselves. Or read it with your teenagers.

I'm having many reactions to what I
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Molly Dettmann
I listened to the audiobook courtesy of Libro.fm and all I can say is, dang, I would listen to Jason Reynolds read the phone book.
Katiria
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-books
*** I received this book at ALA in exchange for an honest review, thank you to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers publisher for allowing me to read and review Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You! ***

Now I will tell you all the truth when I heard they wear giving away arcs of Jason Reynolds's new book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. I jump at the chance to grab one of his books. I tell you I have not read any of his books before but I have heard amazingly fantastic reviews about his boo
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Pernille Ripp
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still reeling after finishing this advanced review copy written by Jason Reynolds and based on the work of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. I finished it and immediately wanted to start it again as I knew each read will offer up new knowledge. To see the history of racism wrapped up like this is sheer brilliance, necessary and audacious. Every person, teens and adults, should read this book, discuss this book and jump into action. This is the most important book I have read this year.
Liana Grace
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Fooled by racist ideas, I did not fully realize that the thing wrong with Black people is that we think something is wrong with Black people. I did not fully realize that the only thing extraordinary about White people is that they think something is extraordinary about White people. There are lazy, hardworking, wise, unwise, harmless and harmful individuals of every race, but no race group is better or worse than another racial group in any way.” Ibram X. Kendi

Jason Reynolds makes it easy to u
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Krista Regester
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We can't attack a thing we don't know. That's dangerous. And...foolish. It would be like trying to chop down a tree from the top of it. If we understand how the tree works, how the trunk and roots are where the power lies, and how gravity is on our side, we can attack it, each of us with small axes, and change the face of the the forest.
Stacee
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020, library
This was nothing short of amazing. I’ve heard so many great things about Jason Reynolds and couldn’t resist when it was readily available at the library. {I must have grabbed it at the right time because there are now 21 people waiting for the copy I just finished.}

I really loved the conversational tone to this book. Jason skillfully takes dates and facts and turns them into something more palatable than just reciting them chronologically. It goes without saying that there are some heartbreaking
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Silvia
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderful and important.

It's written for a younger (high school) audience in mind but it's perfect for everyone, especially if you don't live in the US and don't know a lot about its history and want to learn more with a focus on who exactly was racist (unsurprisingly, everybody) and what different shapes racism can take when it comes to politics.

Highly recommend it also as an audiobook, Jason Reynolds himself is so good at narrating.
Sahitya
Stamped from the Beginning has been on my tbr since a long time, but as someone who tries to read a lot of books to escape reality (and the real world in general), I’m not always good at catching up with the important nonfiction books that bring light to the ugly truths that exist in our world. But attending a talk and getting to listen to Dr. Kendi speak in such close quarters was truly eye opening and I knew that I had to read his book soon. But then came the announcement of this remix version ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free audio review copy) VERDICT: amazing and transformative on audio - the most interested I’ve been in American history since listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on constant repeat. Somehow, someway I want to make this required listening in American high schools.
Janssen
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was SO fantastic (and if you can get an audio copy, do - Jason Reynolds is a terrific narrator). I feel like every person should read this to better understand American history and how race and racism is woven into the fabric of this country.
Catie
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This is required reading for anyone with a pulse and especially for those of us who work in or attend a K-12 school. I plan to do everything in my power to bring this to my school in a major way, and I hope many will do the same.
BookNightOwl
Jason Reynold along with Ibram X. Kendi bring this historic nonfiction and make it interesting to read for all ages. I loved learning something I thought I knew but obviously learned more about.
Kelly
A remix of Kendi's adult book Stamped From The Beginning, Reynolds addresses young readers directly, exploring the history of racism from the past ("this is not a history book") to right here and right now. It's accessible and unflinching, and Reynolds's performance of the audiobook is outstanding.

Loved the breakdown of the differences between being racist, an assimilationist, and anti-racist, and I loved how we get a real look at some of the most lauded Black leaders and where and how they did
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Romie
Jason Reynolds is a gift to this world. this small book is about giving you the tools to understand racism and its history; to make you understand that in order to dismantle racism, you need to see how it's at the very foundation of society, and that you cannot fight against racism if you ‘forget’ about women of colour, queer & disabled poc, because they are also the people you're fighting for. it's a small book, but an important book, and Jason Reynolds' acknowledgment is just as important: scr ...more
Teresa Dunivent
I will need to reread this one and think some more about the ideas and facts presented. As an educator, I am not happy with the tone used towards all “whites” and am afraid it will create more tension and hatred instead of open up conversations for discussion. I love Jason Reynold’s writing, and he lives up to his reputation here. He is still one of my favorite writers to use to teach author’s craft and verbal discourse around tough topics. I enjoyed all the history presented and love the voice ...more
Kathie
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jason Reynolds has an absolute gift for a taking a topic and putting it in language that's engaging, understandable, and relatable. This book is no different. I can only imagine the conversations STAMPED it will spark with its readers, and I would love to see every high school have this as part of their history curriculum.
Nursebookie
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was truly amazing and a must read!! I learned so much!!! This was so good everyone needs to read this
Abbie | ab_reads
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
(#gifted @librofm) I listened to Jason Reynold’s young adult version of Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America’ and it was so informative, accessible, and even funny at times! But Reynolds knows when humour is appropriate and not - although some of his jokes reminded me of those UK GCSE textbooks with their cheesy dad jokes which were still kinda funny 🙊
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To be honest, I think as a Brit I probably got a lot more from this book than your ave
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Colleen
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“We must fight against performance and lean into participation.”

This book is amazing & I want Jason Reynolds to read me everything.
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Devon
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buckle up because this is going to be a long one.

Every piece of me is vibrating with an energy that wants to leap out of my body and scream from all the rooftops to read this book. It should be mandatory. When a collective People’s way of thinking is so fundamentally wrong you need a starting point to begin to rewrite that faulty thinking. This book is that starting point. It’s not the end, definitely not the end, if anything Stamped will leave you wanting more, but it’s absolutely the beginnin
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