Stand Up and Speak Out Against Racism

By Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Illustrated by Aleesha Nandhra

A vital and vibrant book answering real children's questions about racism, giving them the confidence and the tools to work towards a fairer society for all.

Using questions canvassed from children around the UK as her framework, writer, engineer and broadcaster, Yassmin Abdel-Magied gives clear context to the racism that persists today and shows how to recognize, resist and disrupt racist conversations and attitudes. Yassmin creates a safe space for exploring an emotive and important topic. Her friendly, assured tone de-stigmatises any feelings young readers might have, while illustrations and infographics from Aleesha Nandhra provide a fresh way for readers to approach this complex issue. Ideal as a way to open the conversation with readers aged 9 and up, nurturing compassion, encouraging ways to create change and giving them the confidence to challenge inequality and strive towards racial justice for everyone.

Categories: Non-Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406393712
  • Published: 03 Aug 2023
  • Price: £9.99
  • Size: 216 x 164 mm
  • Pages: 128

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Customer reviews


'This is a book that should be in all schools to instigate class discussions; many adults would do well to read it too.' LoveReading4Kids

'Written in an accessible, clear way, with reminders to take a breather if it’s getting overwhelming, this book offers a way into complex topics for upper primary aged readers.' BookTrust

'Author Yassmin Abdel-Magied explores many questions about racism to help readers learn how to recognise it and to speak out against it to make the world a fairer, safer place for everyone.' WRD Magazine

'The book is bright, bold and colourful and the illustrations by Aleesha Nandhra really enhance the message of the book. [...] Stand Up and Speak Out Against Racism has the capacity to really make the reader think not only about racism in today’s society, but also what we can do to build a better, safer, fairer world for everyone' Reading Zone

'An ideal book for classrooms everywhere.' Armadillo Magazine

'Stand Up and Speak Out Against Racism provides a useful resource for students, teachers and parents in KS2 and lower KS3. Wonderfully illustrated and carefully structured […] The book’s focus on kindness and inclusivity mean that it deals with a powerful subject in an engaging and sensitive way.' Just Imagine

'Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s book is a blend of history and activism that skilfully finds sharp and engaging ways of presenting information in meaningful but bite-sized chunks. […] For young people coming to some of these issues for the first time, this book will offer answers to potentially difficult conundrums.' The Letterpress Project

'A wonderful read discussing the most important of issues in the best kind of way. Suitable for children of all ages with the most vibrant design and tone.' NetGalley Reviewer

'An informative, insightful and accessible book that will challenge perceptions, alter actions and help to spread positive messages to the younger generation to help relieve prejudices that still happen today. […] I think it is really important that all primary and secondary library/classrooms and pastoral departments have a copy of this book for young people to have access to.' The Little Blog of Library Treasures

'This is an important book that needs to be in all schools to instigate class discussions; many adults would do well to read it too.' Red Reading Hub

'This book… isn’t about projecting guilt on to young humans for historical wrongs. It aims to equip them with the knowledge and skills to question the racist and inequitable systems in the world around them. Stand Up and Speak Out Against Racism offers tips and tools for young readers to play a role in creating a fairer and safer world for everyone. The Q&A format and bright graphics ensure that the information is easily accessible for young minds.' The Guardian

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