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Reading Across RI

Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program kicks off its 19th year by encouraging everyone to read Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds with this year’s Honorary Chair Val Tutson, multiple award winning storyteller and Executive Director of Rhode Island Black Storytellers. Reading Across Rhode Island is a program of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, made possible through a vibrant collaboration of librarians, teachers, book group leaders and readers from across the state.

I’m honored that STAMPED has been chosen as the Reading Across Rhode Island book. I spend a lot of time in Rhode Island and have a special love for the state, so I’m excited to discuss this book, and all it contains, with you all April 8th!  -Jason Reynolds

Events & Programming

Reading Across Rhode Island Kicks Off virtually on January 26th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm with the Pell Center at Salve Regina University Readers are invited to join moderator Jim Ludes, Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Policy, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Honorary Chair Val Tutson and Reading Across Rhode Island Education Chair Maureen Nagle for an engaging introduction to the book. Register Now!

February 10th at 6pm. We are partnering with the Providence Community Library for an author event with Tochi Onyebuchi. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi is a 2021 Reading Across Rhode Island Fiction Companion Read for Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You the 2021 Reading Across Rhode Island Book. REGISTER HERE.

April 8th Jason Reynolds Reading Across Rhode Island Author Event Registration will be available on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website in February.

About This Year’s Book

The #1 New York Times bestselling, “must-read” (San Francisco Chronicle), “amazingly timely and stunningly accessible” (Jacqueline Woodson) exploration of race and racism from award-winning, beloved authors Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now. 
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race. 

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited. 

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas–and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives. -Little, Brown and Company

About the Author

Jason Reynolds is an award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jason’s many books include Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Correta Scott King Honor, and Look Both Ways, which was a National Book Award Finalist. His latest book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is a collaboration with Ibram X. Kendi. Jason is the 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and CBS This Morning. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Jason Reynolds author website: https://www.jasonwritesbooks.com

Jason Reynolds on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonReynolds83

Contact Kate Lentz at kate@ribook.org for sets of books available to classroom teachers, library discussion groups and senior centers. Further reading lists, book discussion guides, the author’s website, audio interviews and other supplementary materials may be found on the Rhode Island Center for the Book website at ribook.org.

Rhode Island Center for the Book is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Founded in 2003, the RI Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and resides at The Pell Center at Salve Regina University.


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2019 What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha

2018 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2017 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

2016 The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

2015 Norwegian By Night by Derek Miller

2014 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

2013 The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

2012 Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

2011 The Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney

2010 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

2009   Five Skies by Ron Carlson

2008   Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

2007   The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

2006   Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

2005   The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2004   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

2003   Wish You Well by David Baldaci

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