Penguin Young Readers announced Wednesday it will be publishing a new picture book titled Goodnight Racism. The book is illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc.
The 32-page book's target audience is children between the ages of 3 and 7 and will be available for purchase for $18.99. According to the book's description on Penguin Random House, it is available for pre-order and will be released on June 14.
"With dynamic, imaginative art and poetic prose, Goodnight Racism delivers important messages about antiracism, justice, and equality in an easy-to-read format that empowers readers both big and small," the book's description reads. "Goodnight Racism gives children the language to dream of a better world and is the perfect book to add to their social justice toolkit."
Kendi wrote on social media that the book is "the radical imaginary of what the world can be after humanity wishes racism goodnight."
Goodnight Racism is not the first children's book Kendi has written. In 2020, he wrote the book Antiracist Baby, which became an immediate New York Times bestseller and "introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism," according to the book's description.
Kendi’s work, including his 2019 book How to Be an Antiracist, catapulted him to the center of the nationwide controversy on the instruction of Critical Race Theory in schools. ``How to Be an Antiracist” is a memoir by Kendi that details his grappling with racism and his advice for eliminating it.
Kendi won the National Book Award in 2016 for “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” He has since published three books, including, “STAMPED: Racism, Anti Racism, and You.”
The book describes his peregrinations as a child and early adolescent in predominantly Black, urban settings in New York; as an anxious student at the predominantly White Stonewall Jackson High School in Northern Virginia; as a journalism major at the virtually all-Black Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; and as a PhD candidate in the African American studies department at Temple University. Kendi dissects what he sees as his own racism in each of these phases of his life.
He also helped edit “Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African Americans, 1619–2019.” He is founding director of the Boston University Center for Anti Racist Research.