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Before I finished the first page of Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul's remarkable book, Stamped (For Kids), I knew that I was holding something very special in my hands. That feeling only grew with each page – in fact, so much so that I was compelled to turn back to begin reading from start to finish again. While this beautiful book is written for students, it is also an invitation to teachers (and parents) so that we may open conversations in our classrooms. Sonja gives us a flexible template to do this in responsive, thoughtful and meaningful ways. Stamped (For Kids) should become a school-wide book study so that we might also open these same conversations among professionals to broaden the range of support for bringing them into our classrooms in honor of children. I believe that Stamped (For Kids) will change our understanding of racism and the even that led to it and continue to exist as well as the actions to support us in becoming antiracist educators, leaders and humans who recognize that our students deserve us to support this learning in our schools. This is a MUST READ book that should be on every classroom shelf.
This book is an incredible resource, and if you are grappling with how to talk with your kids about race or are eager to learn more for yourself, I highly recommend it. As a white woman, I sometimes struggle with how to talk to my children about race and the history of racism in the United States. It’s “for kids,” but it really helped me as a parent and educator! A MUST-READ!!
This is an amazing book, perfect to engage and teach children about the harsh reality that sometimes we have a hard time talking about--and don't even know how--but that is essential to inform young people about! Jason Reynolds is a great writer, has a playful voice, and knows how to reach young audiences.... and obviously is extremely knowledgeable and articulated! This is a perfect book for all ages (but there is an adult version!)
I have the adult and the teen version of this book and now have just received the kid version. I LOVE the content in each of these editions- and is soooo important to learn this history. I'm excited that my 8 year old can now have a version of this excellent information to read himself. THANK YOU!!!!
My 8 year old and I have been reading this book together over the past 3 months. It deals with complex societal issues and difficult history of America while explaining clearly how it ties into modern day events .My son tends to be a bit more mature than his age so this book has opened up a lot of great discussions and questions. It doesn't hold the attention of my 7 year old yet but we will be rereading it as they get older and can understand more. I would highly recommend this book for parents and kids to read together alongside the other versions available for students and adults. There was a lot in here that I was not aware of as an adult and I will be following up with the adult versions of this book.
The fact is that race, the history of racial issues in our country, and the current racial/social issues in our country are difficult to navigate for many as we try to educate our children. This book is a great starting point to doing that. It doesn't idolize people and it shows the reality that even those we may admire from the past, can have flaws and made mistakes.
Stamped is precisely the book a middle aged baby boomer should give to friends, family, local library’s and classrooms. The history of slavery is laid out chapter by chapter with easy to understand timelines, giving clear examples of truth, and the consequences of policy, and administrative actions, and lack of actions. It’s a timeless adult/teen read and shines a spotlight on RACE and the hypocrisy of oppression and of slavery’s true economic intent.