At the end of each school year, Packer’s librarians assign a book for Middle School and Upper School students to read over the break. This past summer, students read Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. 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.
The Library Department felt it needed to revise the summer reading assignment for grades 7 through 12 to continue the urgently needed conversations about racism, anti-racism, and the ongoing anti-black violence that students brought to Chapels and graderooms at the end of the last school year,” said Head Librarian Andrew Parson. “Stamped was the obvious choice because its creators are a talented and distinguished historian and writer for young people. It is unusual to find a book that is both substantive in content and still accessible to readers of a wide age range.
Adults in the Packer community joined students in this summer reading and several have shared videos of how the book has impacted them.