Ibram X. Kendi returns to the world of children’s literature with a new picture book that encourages children to dream of a world without racism.
Penguin Random House imprint Kokila publishes Kendi’s good night racism later this year, the Associated Press reports† The publisher says the book “gives children the language to dream of a better world and is the perfect book to add to their social justice toolkit.”
Kendi is the author of Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Americawinner of the National Book Award, and How to be an anti-racist?which became a bestseller shortly after its release in 2019.
Stamped from the start was adapted for two other books, one for young adults and one for children. Kendi made his picture book debut last year with anti-racist baby†
good night racism, illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc, “delivers important messages about anti-racism, justice, and equality in an easy-to-read format that empowers readers both large and small,” says Kokila. Kendi told the AP the book is “not about what is; it’s about what can be. It is about the good morning of a just and just world after we wish racism good night.”
good night racism is scheduled for release on June 14.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.