The AntiRacist Kid
By Tiffany Jewell
Informative and something to debate, really suitable for 10 plus, this book is written with a large US slant and suitable at them and gives them a starting point that for the most part, is clear and concise.
Thanks to Clarion Books for gifting me a copy. Discover more below in the blurb and review below,
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of This Book is Anti-Racist, Tiffany Jewell, with art by Eisner-nominated illustrator Nicole Miles, The Antiracist Kid is the essential illustrated chapter book guide to antiracism for empowering the young readers in your life!
What is racism? What is antiracism? Why are both important to learn about? In this book, systemic racism and the antiracist tools to fight it are easily accessible to the youngest readers.
In three sections, this must-have guide explains:
– Identity: What it is and how it applies to you
– Justice: What it is, what racism has to do with it, and how to address injustice
– Activism: A how-to with resources to be the best antiracist kid you can be
This book teaches younger children the words, language, and methods to recognize racism and injustice—and what to do when they encounter it at home, at school, and in the media they watch, play, and read.
The title gets a point across, even though a bit pedantically, but I opened it up, hoping for improvements and expecting much as it seemed to have potential to be a useful classroom tool. There are some improvements and some potential. It’s marketed for young children, but really some of the content is aimed more for children from 10/11 plus, even though there are illustrations, which are really good. There are useful questions throughout that schools can use in their discussions and there are elements of the content that are excellent, especially the first sections about identity and the justice part is okay, but I felt sadly that there were elements that could be tighter, although for the most part, it is clear and concise and diagrams aid in this. There could have been a few more useful elements to help with inclusivity.
It is very much for the American market but if you pick it up in other countries, some of the content is relevant or useful. There’s a definite slant on it and quite a bit of emotion from the author that comes through, but there is solid fact in many areas of the book, which is more useful in there too that can provoke discussion and thoughtfulness. It is the facts that pull the rating up a bit and the layout makes it easy to read. The resource at the back of bullet points of what kids just read is useful.
All in all it is an okay book that has some potential for discussions.