Ibram X. Kendi’s Summer Reading List
Jun 18 – Aug 31 all-day

Summer’s nearly here, and as an antidote to those stale—and sometimes problematic—school-suggested summer reading lists, Parents has collaborated with some of the most stellar names in book publishing to offer Alternate Summer Reading Lists, curated by authors and educators to reflect the world as kids today really see it.

Our first comes from Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., professor of Humanities at Boston University, and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of books including How to Be Antiracist, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, and Antiracist Baby.

His latest, How to Raise an Antiracist, offers parents, caregivers, and educators solid guidance for tackling racism and systemic structures head on and creating an antiracist mindset for adults and kids alike. The book delves deep into scientific research on child development and the impact racism and societal structures have on kids, presented in the thoughtful and accessible voice we’ve come to expect from Dr. Kendi. But it also follows Dr. Kendi’s own journey as a parent trying to navigate talking to his kid about racism, offering lessons for parents of kids of all ages. Here, Dr. Kendi offers eight titles that might help start those critical conversations.

Center Stage with Patrice Gopo and Derrick Barnes @ The Gallery at Morning Star
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am

Shelves will host local authors Patrice Gopo and Derrick Barnes on Saturday, July 9th at The Gallery at Morning Star located at 12509 Idlewild Rd in Matthews, NC. This family friendly conversation and book signing will celebrate their new children’s books: All the Places We Call Home (Gopo) which will be published by WorthyKids on Tuesday, June 14th, and The Queen of Kindergarten (Barnes), which hit shelves on May 24th. Fellow Charlotte-based author Alicia D. Williams will moderate the conversation with Patrice and Derrick followed by an in-person book signing by all three.

To RSVP for this event, guests must purchase at least 1 copy of All the Places We Call Home or The Queen of Kindergarten per household. Your book purchase will serve as your household’s event ticket. At checkout, please indicate the total number of children that will accompany you to the event. If you prefer to pick up your book(s) in person, you must select that option under [Shipping].

IMPORTANT! If you purchase other books written by any of the 3 authors with your copy of All the Places We Call Home or The Queen of Kindergarten, you will receive a special discount at checkout.


DONATE A BOOK! At checkout under [Shipping], you will also have the option to donate All the Places We Call Home or The Queen of Kindergarten to a family that would like to attend our event on Saturday, July 9th. If we are unable to find a family to gift the book(s) to, then we will deliver your donation to Promising Pages.

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