ASCA Book Club
StampedJune/July 2020: "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You"
By Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
“Stamped” is a remix of “Stamped from the Beginning,” the National Book Award winner by Ibram X. Kendi. Rewritten and targeted to a young adult audience, “Stamped” “shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas – and on ways readers can identify and stamp our racist thoughts in their daily lives,” according to the publisher. The book explores America’s past and its present – from the world’s first racist through the election of President Barack Obama – discussing how race has been used to gain and keep power. Although “Stamped” will be more illuminating for white vs. POC readers, all school counselors will benefit from insights that can inform their work with students and building school counseling programs that are inclusive, responsive, and informed and influenced by anti-racism.  
How to Host a Discussion
ASCA encourages you to host a book club with other school counselors, teachers, administrators and other professionals. Consider these tips: 
  • Use a platform like Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype or even Facetime if your group is small.
  • Choose a moderator to help guide the discussion and introduce questions.
  • Allow time for sharing by colleagues who have experienced racism, for colleagues to discuss how they acknowledge their privilege and to discuss how what you’ve learned will inform your school counseling practice and your school culture.
  • Share insights from your discussion with other school counselors. Tag @ASCAtweets and use the hashtag #ASCAbookclub.
Discussion Guides and Further Info
Future Reading
Interested in other books on anti-racism, equity and inclusion? Here are some ideas: