Stamped (For Kids) by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, and Sonja Cherry-Paul, Read by Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson
A Lively and Accessible History of Racism in America for Younger Listeners
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How better to communicate this vital history of racism in America to young readers than to have the audiobook narrated by a peer? Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss this Stamped adaptation by Sonja Cherry-Paul, narrated by 9-year-old Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson with a lively and engaging voice that appeals to younger listeners. Her voice and delivery are unmistakably that of a kid, and she narrates short chapters that are ideal for listening to one at a time followed by time for discussion and reflection. The audiobook connects the history of racist ideas with what is still happening in America today. Jackson’s relatable performance increases the accessibility of this important, sobering, and inspiring work for young listeners. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile’s website.
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