NONFICTION

AntiRacist Baby

Penguin/Kokila. Jun. 2020. 24p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9780593110416.
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Toddler-PreS–Kendi and Lukashevsky offer a beautifully designed set of guidelines for parents (and anyone, really) to practice anti-racism. This bright and welcoming board book speaks directly to new parents. The opening illustration, rendered in lush primary colors and bold lines, features a smiling baby riding in her father’s baby sling as he participates in a peaceful protest. Other protestors of different ethnicities hold signs advocating for equity, climate change, and Black Lives Matter. Kendi is direct with his prose: “Babies are taught to be racist or antiracist—there’s no neutrality.” The text then offers nine steps to make “equity a reality.” Each step is presented with a short explanation that rhymes, accompanied by more of Lukashevsky’s inviting and cheerful illustrations. This excellent board book answers questions so many people are asking right now: What can I do? How can I help? Kendi’s choice to speak directly to new parents in this format works quite well. His succinct, impactful prose makes for an accessible guide to anti-racism for everyone. Lukashevsky’s artwork elevates the text even more with brilliant color and charming details that will inspire readers to linger on each page.
VERDICT The timely and relevant anti-racist message so excellently delivered in this book makes it worthy of a place on all library shelves.
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Danna Coffey

Do you have sources for purchasing? I would like to order from an independent book store if possible.

Posted : Jun 11, 2020 12:15


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