Jason Reynolds wants to start an honest conversation about racism with young people — and he’s doing just that in a new book with Ibram X. Kendi, the publisher told TIME exclusively. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a young adult version of Kendi’s award-winning book, will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in March 2020.
For the new book, the celebrated YA author is reimagining Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, the 2016 National Book Award winner that provided a comprehensive look at America’s relationship with racism. The new version will similarly trace the origins of anti-black and racist ideas as well as propose tools for identifying and combating them. But Reynolds, author of young adult and middle grade bestsellers including As Brave As You, Long Way Down and All American Boys, is making sure that the subject matter is approachable for a younger audience. “I rewrote the book top to bottom,” Reynolds tells TIME. “I settled into it and I tried to figure out, if I’m 16, what makes me want to read this book? And the answer is always going to be subversion. So the book starts: ‘This is not a history book.’” . . .