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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

4.85  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  90 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, 320 pages
Expected publication: 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)

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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+.
Traci at The Stacks
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of the original STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING I’m beyond impressed with the energy and clarity Reynolds infused into this remix. The history is still there but it’s totally accessible for young folks and those adults who are intimidated by Kendi’s original.
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.
is such an important book.

Not an easy book, because it forces you to take off the lenses through which the history of our country has always been taught. It will turn everything you thought you knew upside down.
Jason Reynolds' take on Ibram Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is conversational and engaging. He doesn't talk down to his intended audience. He lays out what it means to be a segregationist, an assimilationist, or an
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first book of 2020 is pure fire. Please buy this for the young people in your lives and read it alongside them. It’s important. It’s so important. Don’t skip the Author’s Note or acknowledgements.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The type of book I (and I know many others) wish we had in school to get the facts of antiracist (and straight up racist) history. Great jumping off point to learn more from primary texts and "real" history books.
I feel like literally everyone in the US should either read this book, or the adult edition. Jason has done an amazing job of boiling down Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped From the Beginning down to a middle-grade reading level that is engaging for kids and adults alike.

Whether you believe it or not there are systems in place that are meant to keep non-white people down in this country. Understanding the history of how white people have viewed and treated non-white people and why is important in
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 you’re 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 don’t ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I inhaled this. Stamped is a quick read, if you want it to be; it's easy to understand, it's addictive, it's engaging, it's connective. I learned so much about the many ways racism shows itself, and why it does so. There are a few events that I wish had been fleshed out, but I had come to understand so many other things that I did not totally mind this. For young readers, it might have helped, but I think this is why this book will be a fantastic addition to classrooms. It's a book to remember, ...more
Cristi Julsrud
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. Wow. Wow. I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of this book at Yallfest this year. I read Stamped From the Beginning last summer, but this incredible, accessible, inherently readable remix by the incomparable Jason Reynolds is a game-changer. This is a history book that never reads like one. I don't know how to describe his magic with words, except to say PREORDER THIS BOOK. And when it comes out (in March), bump it to the top of you reading list immediately. It's that good.
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.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, thorough and deeply researched. I read this in one sitting and cannot stop thinking about it.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
A must read
Tricia Donley
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Addictive. Engaging. Powerful. Get your hands on this book.
Paul  Hankins
Review to come in closer proximity to the book's release. This review is from the ARC received from Little, Brown Books in mid-October.

But, to start, this is coming from a white, straight, cisgender male teacher assigned to a secondary classroom. This book will blow your mind. As a remix vs. an adaptation, the reader feels as though they are in the room with author, Jason Reynolds.

Taking some time to review will also allow me to dive into Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING, the
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january
"A racist idea is any idea that suggests something is wrong or right, superior or inferior, better or worse, about a racial group. An antiracist idea is any idea that suggests that racial groups are equal. Racist and antiracist ideas have lived in human minds for nearly six hundred years. Born in western Europe in the mid-1400s, racist ideas traveled to colinial America and have lived in the United States from its beginning. I chronicled their entire life in Stamped from the Beginning."

"A great
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an advanced copy of the audiobook for Stamped by This book was fantastic. Jason Reynold's remix of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book: Stamped from the Beginning, was highly engaging, accessible, timely, and lyrical all at once. With Jason Reynold's poetic writing style, this book reads almost poetically, and I recommend this for readers of all ages. Reynolds voices the audiobook version beautifully.

From the Afterword (by Jason Reynolds):
"Most of all I want to thank the young
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The author warns at the beginning that this is not a history book - it is a book about the present - where we are now on the subject of race and how we got there. Jason Reynolds re-interprets (and reads) this young reader adaptation of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning work "Stamped from the Beginning." This book contains history, but is more an interpretation of ideas. Kendi looks at 3 groups and responses to racism over time: Segregationists, Assimilationists, and Anti-Racists, ...more
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 don’t 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 ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, wow, wow. I’m not an audiobook reader, but I’m listening to books more in an effort to be intelligent while also cleaning house on the weekends. I can tell you, Jason Reynolds can read to me any time.

Stamped… is NOT a history book, as Jason explains. It is a text for the here and now. Reviewing the story of how systematic racism (in the form of needed slavery) started, the book takes the reader (listener) through time periods in history where power and control were keys to success. Any time
Ashleigh Rose
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
History books have a tendency to get bogged down in the details. In so doing, young (and old) readers can easily miss the themes of our past that echo loudly in our now. Reynolds writes this masterpiece in a way that avoids getting hung up on the minutia of dates and names that can make readers feel disconnected from the text and push hungry, young readers away from the work. In Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, Reynolds seamlessly links pivotal moments and figures of history from one to the ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to's ALC program for letting me have an early listen.

"...Scrolling will never be enough. Reposting will never be enough. Hashtagging will never be enough. Because hatred has a way of convincing us that half-love is whole. What I mean by that is we, all of us, have to fight against performance and lean into participation."

I did not read Stamped from the Beginning, but it is now on my TBR list, as is How to be an Antiracist. I imagine Stamped from the Beginning includes more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Looking at other reviews, I can see I'm an outlier on this one. While I think Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is an important book, I think it is hard to read. (Not in a challenging-my-way-of-thinking kind of tough to read, which I'd welcome, but in a ambitious-undertaking kind of way.) Reynolds and Kendi provide a re-write of the history of the United States in 250-ish pages, highlighting the racist movements, thoughts, laws, etc. throughout US history and the various people who stood up ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that everything Jason Reynolds touches turns to gold, and this is no exception. I honestly think this is one of the most important books I’ve ever read. Complex issues are broken down into understandable bits and pieces without being oversimplified. The people discussed in the book are portrayed in all their shades of gray. It is exactly as Reynolds explains at the beginning - it’s a not history, history book. You will learn history, but it feels more like a conversation ...more
Amy Formanski Duffy
This is Jason Reynolds' remix of Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning. Reynolds knows how to speak to teens and his voice is really strong in this book. I hope he reads the audiobook? As Reynolds tells readers often, this is a "not history" book, rather a "book that contains history," and it is the opposite of a dry textbook. It goes through the whole history of racist and antiracist ideas from America's beginning to today.

It's an illuminating quick read that I
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Edelweiss, Little Brown, and for the chance to read this book early. I ended up listening to it through’s Educator ALC program. All opinions are my own.

/5 (duh) for this young adult “remix” of Stamped From The Beginning. The audio is particularly engaging, with music between chapters and Jason Reynolds as the narrator. This “non-history book” takes the reader through the history of racism in America; it actually begins before the founding of America. I will be
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Based on the adult book "Stamped from the Beginning" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds calls it a remix and has added his magic to discuss the history of racism in the United States. From it's very beginning in 15th century Europe, through today, we learn about Segregationists, Assimilationists and Antiracists within the context of American History - American History of racism.

Jason Reynolds has made the content understandable and engaging to a young audience. Fast paced with just enough
Jeanie Phillips
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on audio, and y'all, JASON REYNOLDS reads it so, yeah! His voice gave me chills. He has remixed and distilled Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped into a text that young people can understand and enjoy. As I listened I thought of countless ways to use this in schools: as a framing document, as an overview about which to develop timelines, as a way to introduce key figures in American History... At times I struggled with the rapidity with which large chunks of history were conveyed, but I ...more
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