Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) (Hardcover)

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An unfortunate reality for children's books that tackle difficult social issues is that the kids who really need them are less likely to actually see them. Books like Not My Idea should be in classrooms and homes across the country. White parents and teachers should be having conversations with their children about whiteness, the disproportionate advantage that whiteness gives them, and how to use those advantages to dismantle systems of injustice. Children are savvy and they pick up these conversations whether we're willing to have them or not. Not My Idea is a great resource for kids and a great resource for parents who want to have the conversation but don't know where to start. — From Heather's Picks (page 1)


An honest explanation about how power and privilege factor into the lives of white children, at the expense of other groups, and how they can help seek justice. --THE NEW YORK TIMES



Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness is a picture book about racism and racial justice, inviting white children and parents to become curious about racism, accept that it's real, and cultivate justice.

This book does a phenomenal job of explaining how power and privilege affect us from birth, and how we can educate ourselves...Not My Idea is an incredibly important book, one that we should all be using as a catalyst for our anti-racist education. --THE TINY ACTIVIST

Quite frankly, the first book I've seen that provides an honest explanation for kids about the state of race in America today. --ELIZABETH BIRD, librarian

"It's that exact mix of true-to-life humor and unflinching honesty that makes Higginbotham's book work so well..."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (*Starred Review)

A much-needed title that provides a strong foundation for critical discussions of white people and racism, particularly for young audiences. Recommended for all collections. --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (*Starred Review)

A necessary children's book about whiteness, white supremacy, and resistance... Important, accessible, needed. --KIRKUS REVIEWS

A timely story that addresses racism, civic responsibility, and the concept of whiteness. --FOREWORD REVIEWS

For white folks who aren't sure how to talk to their kids about race, this book is the perfect beginning. --O MAGAZINE

About the Author

ANASTASIA HIGGINBOTHAM is the author and illustrator of Divorce Is the Worst, Death Is Stupid, and Tell Me About Sex, Grandma--all part of the Ordinary Terrible Things series. She lives in Brooklyn. Librarians love her, but not as much as she loves them.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781948340007
ISBN-10: 1948340003
Publisher: Dottir Press
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Ordinary Terrible Things