This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future) (Paperback)
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Recommended by Oprah's Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and TODAY.com
Also available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey
Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation.
“In a racist society, it’s not enough to be non-racist—we must be ANTI-RACIST.” —Angela Davis
Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing, and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each lesson builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. An activity at the end of every chapter gets you thinking and helps you grow with the knowledge. All you need is a pen and paper.
Author Tiffany Jewell, an anti-bias, anti-racist educator and activist, builds solidarity beginning with the language she chooses—using gender neutral words to honor everyone who reads the book. Illustrator Aurélia Durand brings the stories and characters to life with kaleidoscopic vibrancy.
After examining the concepts of social identity, race, ethnicity, and racism, learn about some of the ways people of different races have been oppressed, from indigenous Americans and Australians being sent to boarding school to be “civilized” to a generation of Caribbean immigrants once welcomed to the UK being threatened with deportation by strict immigration laws.
Find hope in stories of strength, love, joy, and revolution that are part of our history, too, with such figures as the former slave Toussaint Louverture, who led a rebellion against white planters that eventually led to Haiti’s independence, and Yuri Kochiyama, who, after spending time in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during WWII, dedicated her life to supporting political prisoners and advocating reparations for those wrongfully interned.
Learn language and phrases to interrupt and disrupt racism. So, when you hear a microaggression or racial slur, you'll know how to act next time.
This book is written for EVERYONE who lives in this racialized society—including the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life, the kid who has lost themself at times trying to fit into the dominant culture, the children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves, and also for their families, teachers, and administrators.
With this book, be empowered to actively defy racism and xenophobia to create a community (large and small) that truly honors everyone.
About the Author
Tiffany Jewell, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Book Is Anti-Racist, is a Black biracial writer and Anti-Racist Montessori educator and consultant. She spends her time baking bread and macarons, building LEGOS, watching British detective shows, and dreaming up how she can dismantle white supremacy. Tiffany currently lives in Western Massachusetts (on the occupied land of the Wabanaki and the Nipmuck) with her two young activists, her partner, and a turtle she's had since she was nine. Find her on instagram: @tiffanymjewell.
Aurélia Durand is a French graphic artist. Her work, which includes the illustrations for the #1 New York Times bestseller This Book Is Anti-Racist, is a vivid celebration of diversity; she dedicates her artistic voice to matters involving representation. Aurélia represents Afro-descendants as joyful, proud, and empowered — a united community whose destinies are intertwined. These colorful personalities present the unified voice of a global community whose hopes, dreams, and desires envision an inclusive future for all. Her work has been featured in advertising campaigns, galleries, and editorial magazines; her clients include Nike, The New Yorker, Facebook, and more. Find her on Instagram: @4ur3lia.
"...deftly explain[s] progressive understandings of identity, history, action, and solidarity as tools to encourage antiracist reflection, thought, and action."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“A visually exciting and well-crafted antiracist guide for all children. A work that fills a much-needed gap between the feel-good but vague messages of empathy and acceptance in some picture books, and the advanced terminology and theory in young adult nonfiction on racial justice."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Essential."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"gives tweens and teens the background information and language to understand how racism was created, how it continues to work, and why it’s important to fight against it."—Angela Leeper, Booklist
“…equip[s] young people with the tools they need to be actively antiracist.”—TIME Magazine
“…a clear guidebook for how to stop racism in our own hearts and minds.”—TODAY.com
“…help[s] young people learn in a gentle, thoughtful way.”—USA Today
“…empower[s] teens and young adults to undo racial oppression.”—ESSENCE
“…an essential introspective journey about understanding—and disrupting—one's place in a racist society.”—Jacqueline Woodson, Oprah Daily
“I know firsthand the profound impact her teachings have. Now young people everywhere can benefit from Tiffany’s wisdom...this book is a gift to our future.”—Jarrett J. Krosoczka, National Book Award Finalist and author of Hey, Kiddo
“A book that brings together kids, families, teachers, and administrators in conversation. Tough, vulnerable, important conversation.” —Matthew Winner, The Children's Book Podcast
“...bold in its honesty, and brilliant in its illustrative breakdown of an essential vocabulary on race and identity. This racial and intersectional literacy tool models what creative anti-racist work can look like.”—Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi, co-founders of CHOOSE and authors of Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, and
'This is one for you, your neighbour, the children in your lives and especially that “only slightly” racist colleague.'—The Guardian
'Not only addresses the origins of racism, but delivers tips on how to create change.'—Evening Standard
‘A useful tool for discussing racism with children ages 5 to 15.’—The Telegraph