How does someone not old enough to vote make the world a better place? They might want to start with this new book focusing on the tools to combat systemic racism and injustice. Three sections help plant the seed:

– Identity: What it is and how it applies to you
– Justice: What it is, what racism has to do with it, and how to address injustice
– Activism: A how-to with resources to be the best antiracist kid you can be

The ANTIRACIST KID recommends you not go it alone. Recruit family, friends, and others in the community to push toward positive change. Filled with artwork, each section has a helpful “Putting it All Together” summary you can use to review what you’ve read. You’ll also meet three young activists:

Biracial Ruby is Black, and a cisgender female (one whose gender identity corresponds to the sex assigned at birth). Dani is Taíno and Seminole, nonbinary, and uses they/them pronouns. African American Shawn is Gambian, and Dominican, has ADHD, and lives with his two moms.

THE ANTIRACIST KID is the perfect starting point for a discussion with family and classmates, especially those 10-12 years old. Even adults will learn a few things reading this short manual (128 pages). A strong addition to classrooms, libraries, and at home.


Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Best Seller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks [and everyone] to support waking up, taking action, and doing the work of becoming antiracist.

She has been working with children and families for nearly two decades and worked as a Montessori educator for fifteen years. She enjoys exploring social justice with young folks, especially the history of racism and resistance, economic justice, and socially and personally constructed identities. Tiffany also likes working with educators and supporting them building strong, authentic communities in which every child can be seen and valued. 

Tiffany lives on the homeland of the Pocumtuc, Nonotuck, and the Nipmuck with her two young storytellers, husband, a small dog with a big personality, and a turtle she’s had since she was nine years old. (Author website)


Coming up next week is another edition of MARVELOUS MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY! It’s here I share highlights from other individuals blogging about middle grade books. Many will have reviews, interviews, and tips on writing. Take a look at PAST MMGM POSTS.

It’s easy to join the lineup. All you have to do is email me the title of the book or feature and a link to your blog at gpcolo[at]gmail[dot]com

Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and don’t forget to say what you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.

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  1. I love stories like this one. It is just the right length to inspire young people who want to make a difference. Such an uplifting cover too! Thanks for sharing!

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