Antiracist Baby
Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.

Antiracist Baby Details

TitleAntiracist Baby
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 16th, 2020
PublisherKokila
ISBN-139780593110416
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Race, Social Movements, Social Justice, Anti Racist

Antiracist Baby Review

  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    Folks always say there’s no handbook for parenting. On June 16, #AntiracistBaby hits bookshelves and parents everywhere will have access to a handbook for raising not only an antiracist baby, but also a legit human being. @ibramxk has not only created the perfect rhyming guide for raising your baby, he’s simplifying being actively antiracist for the adult folks who seem hell-bent on being offended by the term antiracist. Small, but powerful, this book belongs on every nursery bookshelf, but even Folks always say there’s no handbook for parenting. On June 16, #AntiracistBaby hits bookshelves and parents everywhere will have access to a handbook for raising not only an antiracist baby, but also a legit human being. @ibramxk has not only created the perfect rhyming guide for raising your baby, he’s simplifying being actively antiracist for the adult folks who seem hell-bent on being offended by the term antiracist. Small, but powerful, this book belongs on every nursery bookshelf, but even more, its words must be in practice in every baby as we strive for a greater humanity. In sum, #AntiracistBaby is the one board book even adults without children should buy. 👶🏻👶🏼👶🏽👶🏾👶🏿Thank you to Penguin, Kokila, and Edelweiss for an eGalley.
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  • Never Without a Book
    January 1, 1970
    Antiracist Baby is a very cute introduction to toddlers about racism. The illustrations are bold and beautiful & the message behind is an important one. I can see this book being very appealing to little ones. The only thing I would add is that I wish there was more rhyming. I feel rhythm & rhyme will stick more with toddlers quickly. Over this a great book.Thank you Kokila Publishing for gifting this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Antiracist Baby is a very cute introduction to toddlers about racism. The illustrations are bold and beautiful & the message behind is an important one. I can see this book being very appealing to little ones. The only thing I would add is that I wish there was more rhyming. I feel rhythm & rhyme will stick more with toddlers quickly. Over this a great book.Thank you Kokila Publishing for gifting this ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
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  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good activism book, especially one that's geared towards children. Children must be taught about racism and prejudice, especially white children whose parents never take the time to teach them about white privilege and their power to use their voices to defend the marginalized. I do think it's an entry-level manifesto of anti-racism, which may be great for children. However, my trouble lies in the fact that it takes more of a humanist approach rather than an actively anti-racist one. By I love a good activism book, especially one that's geared towards children. Children must be taught about racism and prejudice, especially white children whose parents never take the time to teach them about white privilege and their power to use their voices to defend the marginalized. I do think it's an entry-level manifesto of anti-racism, which may be great for children. However, my trouble lies in the fact that it takes more of a humanist approach rather than an actively anti-racist one. By taking a position that's palatable for white liberals who don't see themselves as racist, it prevents a conversation that white parents should have with their white children about privilege. And by declaring "it's not the people it's the policies," the book overlooks a history of white supremacy that though yes exists due to policies, they ARE enacted by people. I thought that was a big miss with me on an otherwise great board book.Thank you to Edelweiss and Kokila for the advanced copy!
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  • Britt Margit
    January 1, 1970
    A perfect introduction to antiracism for the youngest among us, and those who just need a quick reminder as they go about their day. Powerful, hopeful, and kind, this is a book to keep in your back pocket, even if only to stare at Ashley's gorgeous and colorful illustrations.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    My daughters and I had a great conversation today reading Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's Antiracist Baby. The connections they made to some of the concepts in the book and the illustrations in their everyday lives were really powerful.
  • Alicia Evans
    January 1, 1970
    For: parents and caregivers looking to talk to their children about race.Possible red flags: some readers may not appreciate the tough content; board book format makes the book look like it's for babies, while the language and the concepts are better to assist parents/caregivers.
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  • Jeimy
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable board book with gorgeous illustrations. The book offers parents the 9 steps they need to take “to make equality a reality.”
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    January 1, 1970
    Young children will learn from Kendi’s latest book, but so will the adults reading it. It belongs in every household.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Good resource for parents who want to raise an anti racist child, or for older children. Not necessarily a book that I think an actual baby would find engaging, but I’m still a fan.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Great message, but its focus certainly is more for adults than for babies. **Copy provided from publisher for an honest review.**
  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    I see why some reviewers are saying this is not for babies. There is a conflict between what's usually found in the board book format and some of the words Kendi uses. We usually make things extremely pat for babies, and this is not. We don't usually put ideas we think of as for people who can be mostly trusted not to chew pages in a board-book format. But I think that "not-pat" and "big stuff in a baby package" approach is characteristic of Kendi's general heterodoxy and why I feel it's especia I see why some reviewers are saying this is not for babies. There is a conflict between what's usually found in the board book format and some of the words Kendi uses. We usually make things extremely pat for babies, and this is not. We don't usually put ideas we think of as for people who can be mostly trusted not to chew pages in a board-book format. But I think that "not-pat" and "big stuff in a baby package" approach is characteristic of Kendi's general heterodoxy and why I feel it's especially useful. This asks more of the reader than to read it - it's an opener for ongoing conversations and explanations that happens to have rhymes and pictures to make it appealing to babies rather than a board book white people can buy to feel like they Solved Racism Today by telling their children it is Bad.[Don't @ me; I'm too chronically ill to get into a back and forth.]
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  • Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
    January 1, 1970
    Antiracist Baby is a vibrant and hopeful board book that helps lay a strong foundation for children to respect all people and recognize systemic racism. Listing steps toward continual growth in the pursuit of antiracism, the rhyming couplets teach young readers (and their guardians) that working toward equity and justice is a vital, lifelong pursuit. The bold, colorful illustrations simplify complex concepts like discriminatory incarceration policies and the fallacy of "not seeing color" in crea Antiracist Baby is a vibrant and hopeful board book that helps lay a strong foundation for children to respect all people and recognize systemic racism. Listing steps toward continual growth in the pursuit of antiracism, the rhyming couplets teach young readers (and their guardians) that working toward equity and justice is a vital, lifelong pursuit. The bold, colorful illustrations simplify complex concepts like discriminatory incarceration policies and the fallacy of "not seeing color" in creative, engaging ways. It's never too early to talk to kids about race, and this book is a great way for babies and adults to learn about working toward a just, antiracist society.4.5 starsMy thanks to Kokila and Edelweiss+ for providing an advance copy in exchange for review consideration.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This book is darling and so intelligent! Antiracist Baby is all about the ways that we can confront racism and change the way we do and see things for the better. It's about recognizing color, rather than being color blind. Embracing differences and being supportive and accepting of different cultures, all cultures. This book sends such an amazing message and does it with beautiful, inclusive artwork that is sure to catch the eye of little ones and keep their attention.Highly recommended for all This book is darling and so intelligent! Antiracist Baby is all about the ways that we can confront racism and change the way we do and see things for the better. It's about recognizing color, rather than being color blind. Embracing differences and being supportive and accepting of different cultures, all cultures. This book sends such an amazing message and does it with beautiful, inclusive artwork that is sure to catch the eye of little ones and keep their attention.Highly recommended for all ages. The message is important for everyone.Thank you to Kokila for making this eGalley available on Edelweiss.
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  • sparkypink
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book, and it is very timely considering the events that are happening in our country. While the title of the book is AntiRacist Baby, this book is important for ALL ages. I've seen other reviewers question about if it's appropriate for young children. While the words are big, initially it does seem like it is geared towards adults, it is important for children of all ages to hear all the words from a young age. THIS is how antiracism can be instilled into their souls.I received a This is a great book, and it is very timely considering the events that are happening in our country. While the title of the book is AntiRacist Baby, this book is important for ALL ages. I've seen other reviewers question about if it's appropriate for young children. While the words are big, initially it does seem like it is geared towards adults, it is important for children of all ages to hear all the words from a young age. THIS is how antiracism can be instilled into their souls.I received a free ARC of this book thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss.
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  • Racheal
    January 1, 1970
    I love that this exists, I love the message, I love the illustrations (very Kate Beaton-esque with a dash of Todd Parr). I think the text is better in concept that execution, though. It goes through a number of non-rhyming points (1. Open your eyes to all skin colors, 2. Use your words to talk about race, etc.), all of which are great. But then each point is followed by two lines of rhyming text that are....not the smoothest I've ever read. I wish we could all come to the agreement that rhyming I love that this exists, I love the message, I love the illustrations (very Kate Beaton-esque with a dash of Todd Parr). I think the text is better in concept that execution, though. It goes through a number of non-rhyming points (1. Open your eyes to all skin colors, 2. Use your words to talk about race, etc.), all of which are great. But then each point is followed by two lines of rhyming text that are....not the smoothest I've ever read. I wish we could all come to the agreement that rhyming is not a requirement for a great story!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Board Book I received an electronic ARC from Penguin Publishing Group through Edelweiss+.Empowering book for young families. The nine steps to become better at identifying and stopping racism work for babies and serve as a reminder for all of us. The illustrations promote seeing people who may look different from ourselves.Kendi asks readers to reflect on their own lives and make changes to continue to improve.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    This book seems to be targeted at adults rather than actual babies or children, and if that's the case, I don't really think the nine steps are super actionable because they're written as little rhymes and don't convey a ton of information about how to do any of the steps. It's a good springboard for antiracist ideas, but if this book is more targeted at parents, I think reading the actual How to Be An Antiracist makes more sense for them.
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  • Ericka Clouther
    January 1, 1970
    This is pretty cute but it's a little complicated for actual babies and toddlers with both word choice and ideas that are insufficiently concrete. On the other hand, for older kids (mine are 6 and 9) it's not in-depth enough about what the problem is or how they can address it in their own lives. However, I do I plan on using either the older version of Stamped from the Beginning or the new version (TBR) to teach my kids about racism and how to address it.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    Great book to use with young kids to begin having honest and real conversations about acknowledging and openly discussing people’s differences. If we ignore things or don’t talk about them, it’s saying it’s okay to disregard someone’s humanity. Would definitely recommend this to all who have/work with young kids.
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  • Nic
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, this is meant for children, but could also be used as a very effective, simple introduction to the concept of anti racism for any audience. It takes a big, overwhelming topic and shows it in a very simple, accessible way. An excellent entry point into the very important work that many are intimidated by.
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  • Krishma Goraya
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful illustrations and important messages aimed towards children. I found this in a Little Free Library in my neighbourhood and I'm so glad I did. Planning to share with loved ones because change starts at home. Thank you Ibram for creating a tool/resource for parents and caregivers to use to start conversations about race andantiracism with the little ones in their lives.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Simple, clear explanations of why it's important to be actively anti-racist (as opposed to just not racist or just aware that racism exists). Gets into systemic racism as much as is possible based on the format and age level. Emphasizes that a better world is possible.
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  • Ashlee Walker
    January 1, 1970
    This book is absolutely amazing! Full of easy to comprehend material with illustrations full of diversity! I highly recommend it to EVERYONE!!! Especially if you’re and educator or have children. #BarnesandNoble
  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    This book is WONDERFUL. It is told in lyrical flowing poetry and teaches babies/children how to be antiracist from day one. As it reminds everyone - racism is TAUGHT not born.This is going on the to-buy list for my son.
  • Samantha Kretschmer
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful book with a great message! The illustrations were beautiful and the content was good (though sometimes rough with the rhyming). I wish it was a picture book though. The language used was much more suited to parents/caregivers and older children.
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  • Esther | lifebyesther
    January 1, 1970
    I never know how to review picture books. It lists key concepts but doesn't go into many details.
  • Donna Bijas
    January 1, 1970
    Short, to the point and a great board book for all children.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    While it looks like a toddler book, the text is complex enough to generate discussions in elementary classrooms.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I would buy this book for toddlers and adults.
  • Valerie Sherman
    January 1, 1970
    Picked this up for a few soon-to-be parents in my world. Powerful, simple manifesto on parenting and living as an anti-racist. Buy it from your local independent bookstore.
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