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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,226 ratings  ·  398 reviews
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.
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…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…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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Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jason Reynolds magic is on every page, transforming Ibram Kendis work into an accessible volume for youth. For all libraries Grade 7+. ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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*** 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
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. Dont wait! Start by reading this book. Share this book!

It's impactful to
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), Im 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
Molly Dettmann
I listened to the audiobook courtesy of and all I can say is, dang, I would listen to Jason Reynolds read the phone book.
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.
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.
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: ...more
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
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.
Mary Thomas
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is maybe the most important and excellent book Ive ever read for young people by two of the most brilliant minds of our time. Educators, PLEASE listen to the audio (free through this month)& then purchase it & put it in front of young people, adults, your family, EVERYONE.

Wow I cant wait to not shut up about this book for like the next 2 years. MARK THIS TO BE READ YESTERDAY! Preorder it! Call ur public libraries and make sure theyre gonna purchase it. READ. IT.
Traci at The Stacks
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of the original STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING Im beyond impressed with the energy and clarity Reynolds infused into this remix. The history is still there but its totally accessible for young folks and those adults who are intimidated by Kendis original. ...more
Gary Anderson
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is a re-mix by Jason Reynolds of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. In his adaptation for younger readers, Reynolds insists several times that Stamped is not a history book, although it covers the Black American experience from pre-colonial times to the present day with even more historical context from ancient history. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its a duck, and Stamped is a ...more
Kaytee Cobb
This will now be part of my homeschool curriculum. Absolutely amazing and stunning.
Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
Thanks to libro fm for the ALC. I loved Jason Reynolds's poetry so I had to read this
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.
Cassy Lee
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This remix of Ibram X. Kendis' Stamped with Jason Reynolds is For. Every. One!!! But I'll especially address this review to white folks. Yes, us people of European descent who dont like to be called white. Have you been told (implicitly or explicitly) by your parents/school/church/history books/media that you are superior to other races in the human hierarchy, that your place at the top was earned and that white people's benevolence and religious outreach is the only thing that saved the savages ...more
Im grateful to Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi for the difficult journey they are taking young people and educators on in this important book. In it, they help readers see how racism is a system that our country has been building on since before its inception. This book helps the reader see how our racist history continues to impact our present and compels us to change the future. ...more
Will Ejzak
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is technically for kids, but it's really just a much more accessible rewrite of Ibram Kendi's gazillion-page Stamped from the Beginning. I'd recommend it for basically everyone. Jason Reynolds is a YA genius, and in Stamped, he puts the burden of proof on every OTHER history book that's ever been written: Why AREN'T history books for students written in this conversational, accessible style? Why don't traditional textbooks care about their audience? Why don't they ALL collaborate with YA ...more
Ms. McGregor
Reynolds writes this non-fiction book with the same spirit as most of his award-winning fiction for YA and Middle Grade readers with respect and love for the audience, speaking to children like equals, engaging you page by page. Like the book this is based on, Stamped traces back to the early origins of race as a construct (actually, late in the scope of human existence) and draws it forward to present day through American History. Stamped aims to teach the sides of history that are ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OhEmGee! Lets start with how much I dislike reading nonfiction most of the time. Textbook writing is not my jam. So even though Ive been anticipating this book release, part of me was worried I would be bored to tears.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
What was I possibly worried about with Jason at the helm of this remix? He wrote this book like he was having a conversation with you. I couldnt put it down and read it in one sitting. And boy did it hit home.
Lets talk about the content now:
Dustin Rottier
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I like best about this is 2-fold. I appreciate the accessibility to a lot of heavy information to a younger audience. Jason Reynolds (I am a fan of his work) has a gift. Second, it made me reflect on my own beliefs, experiences, and education; made me ask questions; and ultimately made me dive deeper through research to better my understanding of the history of various inequality issues.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading for everyone, everywhere.
Laura Gardner
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading. I listened to the audiobook from Im adding 2 copies to my library today. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Brilliant, amazing, important. And Jason Reynolds reads the audiobook, which is incredible.
I have listened to Jason Reynolds read his newest book twice and I will likely listen to it again. It is a powerful remix of Dr. Ibram X Kendi's original book which I am reading now as well. I have more to say and will add more to this review next month. For now I'll just say Stamped is a must read book.
Mrs. Krajewski
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not a history book. I repeat, this is not a history book. At least, not like the ones youre used to reading in school. This IS the book schools should be requiring though. This is real history, written by a man who has a way with words. He brings the facts with a rhythm and musicality that only he can do. Reader, he will hook you. He will make you ask questions and beg for more. He will make you go out and buy The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and so many other important titles we dont ...more
Abbie | ab_reads
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
(#gifted @librofm) I listened to Jason Reynolds young adult version of Ibram X. Kendis 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 🙊
To be honest, I think as a Brit I probably got a lot more from this book than your average
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read.This.Book.Everyone. The powerful narrative of race and its historical to modern implications soars through Jason Reynolds adaptation of Dr. Ibram Kendis Stamped from the Beginning for American youths. Dr. Kendi himself described that this is the book he wished he had read at a younger age to contextualize race.

I received a pre-release educators copy of the audiobook from Audiobooks. It is always meaningful to hear an authors own narration of a book, and Reynolds voice is a delight
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