Not My Idea (Hardcover)

A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things)

By Anastasia Higginbotham

Dottir Press, 9781948340007, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

List Price: 18.95*
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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

"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

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 toAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."--Courtney E. Martin, 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.