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)



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

"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


"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

"I am in love with Not My Idea, and with Higginbotham's direct, radical, compassionate approach to talking about whiteness, racism, and the need to tell painful but important truths." --KATE SCHATZ, NYT-bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, and Rad Girls Can

"Anastasia Higginbotham is a children's book author and illustrator, not an athlete, but to teach kids to stand up against racism, she's taking a knee next to Colin Kaepernick."--FORUM

"Higginbotham is silently asking her readers to be more aware of everything around them...she is able to take control of the narrative and answer questions that expand on what little the child can gleam from adults."--MEL SCHUIT, blogger at Let's Talk Picture Books

"Anastasia's books are works of love and urgency...She's doing the work that few have tried."--GREG O'LOUGHLIN, founder of The Educators' Cooperative

MORE ABOUT the critically-acclaimed Ordinary Terrible Things series by Anastasia Higginbotham:

"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 beautiful assemblage of a book -- as if Romare Bearden himself rose from the dead and created a sequel to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."--COURTNEY E. MARTIN, columnist for On Being

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
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