Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning - book cover
Education & Reference
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition
  • Published : 10 Mar 2020
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN-10 : 0316453692
  • ISBN-13 : 9780316453691
  • Language : English

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning

The #1 New York Times bestseller and a USAToday bestseller! 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. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.  Download the free educator guide here:
Now available for younger readersStamped (for Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You:
#1 New York Times bestseller
#1 IndieBound bestseller
USAToday bestseller 

Wall Street Journal bestseller
2020 Kirkus Prize finalist
A TIME Magazine Ten Best Children's and YA Books of the Year?
A Parents Magazine best book of the year
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly best book of the year

An SLJ best book of the year
A 2020 New York Public Library Best Teen Book
A 2020 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Teen Book

"An amazingly timely and stunningly accessible manifesto for young people....At times funny, at times somber but always packed with relevant information that is at once thoughtful and spot-on, Stamped is the book I wish I had as a young person and am so grateful my own children have now."―Jacqueline Woodson, bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

"Sheer brilliance....An empowering, transformative read. Bravo."―Jewell Parker Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Boys

"Teens are often searching for their place in the world, in Stamped, Reynolds gives context to where we are, how we got here, and reminds young people-and all of us-that we have a choice to make about who we want to be. This unapologetic telling of the history of racism in our nation is refreshingly simple and deeply profound. This is the history book I needed as a teen."
Renée Watson, New York Timesbestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of Piecing Me Together

"Jason Reynolds has the amazing ability to make words jump off the page. Told with passion, precision, and even humor, Stamped is a true story-a living story-that everyone needs to know."―Steve Sheinkin, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bomb and Born to Fly

"The R-word: Racism. Some tuck tail and run from it. Others say it's no longer a thing. But Dr. Kendi breaks it down, and Jason Reynolds makes it easy to understand. Mark my words: This book will change everything."―Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin

"If knowledge is power, this book will make you more powerful than you've ever been before."―Ibi Zoboi, author of the National Book Award finalist American Street

"Reading this compelling not-a-history book is like finding a field guide to American racism, allowing you to quickly identify racist ideas when you encounter them in the wild."
Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus

"Reynolds's engaging, clear prose shines a light on difficult and con...

Readers Top Reviews

If you want to learn the history of racism in American in an informative, insightful, and entertaining, way, I recommend this book. Jason Reynolds gives history with humour and personal flair.
Carlos Higa
As a brazilian, it was interesting to read about racism in the US and to compare with my own country. Racism is racism, anywhere, and we must fight against it. I learned a lot about this subject by reading this book because here in Brazil we don't study about the American Civil Rights in school. The author wrote in a way that makes easy to understand what was happening at the time when the historical facts took place. Now I want to study the life of MLK Jr., Malcom X, Rosa Parks and Angela Davis. #BlackLivesMatter
This is an excellent book to give to teens. Perfect to teach in class and set extended learning on; it is easy to read and follow. Excellently fluid facts and structure.
This is an incredible book explaining, in short, a history that should be required reading for everyone. It really shouldn’t just be a ‘teen’ book as I didn’t find it that way and very much enjoyed the style and pace of the book, I read it in full in one sitting. Also, I have found it quite humours reading through the negative reviews of people who’s children had to read it as it was ‘required reading’ at school. Clearly they should be the ones to be required to read this rather than judging!
Elmer GetzVertexCort
I have studied history in graduate school and taught history in high school. I found this book to be wildly wrong about a number of people and events in American history. For example, Kendi and Reynolds' claims about the early New England settlers is just flat out wrong. It's true that there were slaveholders in New England in the early days of this country, but there were not many and the few who did hold slaves were far outside the mainstream of New England thought, in particular they were a long way from being affirmed and accepted by the New England Puritans, such as Jonathan Edwards. Other examples of bizarre thinking include the author's take on the color white as a symbol of virtue, purity, innocence and superiority is clearly true in some contexts, but clearly not true in other contexts. It can also be seen as a symbol of vapidity, emptiness, boredom, etc. In a similar way, any other color, including black is good in some cases ('in the black' for profit, the Jesus seminar uses black to represent the true words of Jesus, etc.) and bad or 'badass' in others (Johnny Cash as the man in black, blackguard, etc.). It is dangerously disingenuous and silly to argue that because some symbolic uses of white are good and some symbolic uses of black are bad that the whole culture is tipped in the direction of "white" people. My biggest concern: this is going to mislead a generation of students, and create even more racial strife in our culture. We need to learn to relate to each other as individuals not as pawns of culture.