cover image Goodnight Racism

Goodnight Racism

Ibram X. Kendi, illus. by Cbabi Bayoc. Kokila, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-11051-5

Kendi’s inclusive narrative expands beyond bedtime, depicting the moon as an equitable orb observing children the world over. Some of these children “do not have food,/ do not have beds/ because of unfair rules/ and unjust treatment.” But the moon “sees all kids—/whoever they are,/ wherever they are” and longs for “her light/ to kiss every child goodnight,” engendering sleep that results in dreams of possibilities: “A world where all people are safe,/ no matter how they look,// how they worship,//or how they love.” Bayoc’s jewel-toned digital art mimics oil pastel saturations, showing images of people of myriad abilities, ages, body types, and skin tones in varied living situations. In simple, affirming prose, Kendi’s call is a socially responsible send-off to sweeter dreams of a world “where all kids have the same chance/ to have peace,/ to have joy,/ to have a childhood.” Ages 3–7. (June)