I Am an Antiracist Superhero
“I Am an Antiracist Superhero: With Activities to Help You Be One Too!” released this week from Bala Kids publishing. It is a new book from author and Fielding faculty member Dr. Jennifer N. Bacon with illustrations by Letícia Moreno. The empowering story of the book inspires kids from all backgrounds to Look, Listen, Feel, and Act like antiracist superheroes, even in times of adversity (recommended for ages 4–8).
The book tells the story of 6-year-old Malik, who after learning about racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, decides to change the world by becoming an antiracist superhero. With the help of his parents, and inspiration from historical figures like Rosa Parks and James Baldwin, Malik learns that even when he feels scared, he can still be a superhero by Looking, Listening, Feeling, and Acting!
Join Malik and his friends as they help other children feel safe, included, and empowered. Inviting children from all backgrounds to become superheroes, this touching story provides inspiration for children when faced with adversity. The book also includes a practical section including a glossary of relevant terms, as well as hands-on guided activities and practices (like creating a vision board and drawing their superpowers) that kids can do so that they can change the world around them by Looking, Listening, Feeling, and Acting like an antiracist superhero too!
About the Author
Jennifer N. Bacon, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Bacon is a Doctoral Faculty in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Virginia. In addition to her extensive experience in education, she is trained in the use of poetry therapy, spiritual guidance, and yoga. Deeply committed to addressing issues of overrepresentation in special education, racial and gender equity, and writing for social justice, she participates in several professional associations and mentoring organizations.
Letícia Moreno is an illustrator in Rio de Janeiro who holds a degree in art history and is represented by the T2 Agency in the United States. Her work focuses on the graphic representation of blackness in order to achieve a gentle and delicate form through her drawings, refusing stereotypes in order to humanize black bodies.