Using their Voice

Submitted By:
Lori Ayanian, Convent of the Sacred Heart, New York, NY

The Antiracist Kid by Tiffany Jewell
Harper Collins Publishers Versify, October 4,2022

Any elementary school educator who has read This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work by Tiffany Jewell will be thrilled to discover Jewell’s book, The Antiracist Kid. Through the stories of three children, this book for educators and younger students describes what it means to be antiracist, specifically focusing on identity, justice, and activism. From considering various aspects of personal and social identity, to talking about and valuing differences, to discussing racism, discrimination, and justice, Jewell takes complex topics and breaks them down into kid-friendly language. In addition, she provides clear examples to which younger students can relate. The book will inspire children to talk about racism and injustice with people by using their voice, even when it is uncomfortable and hard. Jewell encourages readers to, “Keep speaking up and advocating even when no one is listening or paying attention.” This book is a must-read for educators seeking resources for social justice lessons and children who are wanting to be “[champions] for change.”