This delightfully illustrated book captured my attention at the bookstore. Vigorous rhyme is accompanied by compelling and diverse illustrations..
This book shares important and age-appropriate lessons, including:
Use your words to talk about race:
- No one will see racism if we only stay silent.
- If we don’t name racism .
- It won’t stop being violent.
Celebrate our differences:
- Antiracist Baby doesn’t see certain groups as “better” or “worse.”
- Antiracist Baby loves a world that’s truly diverse.
The last two pages are for Parents and Caregivers.
“It is critical that we begin explicit conversations about race and racism with our children from a very young age. Just as we teach our kids to be kind even before they fully understand what it means to be kind, we should teach our kids to be antiracist even before they fully understand what it means to be antiracist.”
The closing paragraph heading carries a message for all of us: “Remember to talk to your kids about how people aren’t just ‘racist’ or ‘antiracist,’ but rather how their actions can be racist or antiracist.” In other words, by paying attention to our actions we can all act in anti-racist ways.
“STAY IN YOUR LANE.” Stephen doesn’t want to hear that–he wants to have no lane.
Anything his friends can do, Stephen should be able to do too, right? So when they dare each other to sneak into an abandoned building, he doesn’t think it’s his lane, but he goes. Here’s the thing, though: Can he do everything his friends can? Lately, he’s not so sure. As a mixed kid, he feels like he’s living in two worlds with different rules–and he’s been noticing that strangers treat him differently than his white friends…
So what’ll he do? Hold on tight as Stephen swerves in and out of lanes to find out which are his–and who should be with him.
Torrey Maldonado, author of the highly acclaimed Tight, does a masterful job showing a young boy coming of age in a racially split world, trying to blaze a way to be his best self.