Stand Up and Speak Out Against Racism

Candlewick. Sept. 2023. 128p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781536231335.
Gr 4-8–One of the latest publications to tackle the history and lasting impact of racism alongside ways in which the next generation may combat it. What makes this title stand out from the recent slew of antiracist children’s literature is author Abdel-Magied, who is Muslim, Sudanese-born, raised in Australia, and currently living in the United Kingdom. She uses her own experiences to make clear that racism is not just an American problem, and offers readers a look into its origins and current realities in Europe and around the world. Her prose is clear and unflinching yet accessible to a young audience, speaking to them gently when the content gets sensitive, emphasizing the need to remain safe when intervening, and providing them with a number of constructive tools to apply to their own lives. This comprehensive text may work as a useful supplemental teaching tool in humanities classes, especially at schools with an international student body. The back matter includes a glossary, index, and a brief selection of resources for further research.
VERDICT A straightforward yet encouraging discussion on the fight against racism with a uniquely global perspective.

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