Not My Idea

Not My Idea

A Book About Whiteness

Book - 2018
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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, librarianNAMED ONE OF SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST BOOKS OF 2018

"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 ofRad American Women A-Z,Rad Women Worldwide, andRad 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 atLet'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' CooperativeMORE 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, columnist forOn Being
Publisher: New York : Dottir Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781948340007
1948340003
Branch Call Number: j 305.8009 HIGGINBO
Characteristics: 64 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.

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LPL_KarenA Sep 19, 2018

Another book from the "Ordinary Terrible Things" series that delves into topics that can be hard for some to talk about with children. "Not My Idea" is an important look at whiteness for kids and parents to explore racial identity and privilege together. Higgenbotham presents ... Read More »


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 05, 2018

A unique book that is the only one I've found that deals with the concept of whiteness for young readers. It will be helpful for framing conversations about the often-uncomfortable topic of race. An excellent addition to the "Ordinary Terrible Things" series!

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Happy_Endings
Nov 08, 2018

Difficult topic addressed head on. Perfect for families open to questions of conscience. Not sure how well this would work if read independently. Would love to hear others’ thoughts!

LPL_KarenA Sep 19, 2018

Another book from the "Ordinary Terrible Things" series that delves into topics that can be hard for some to talk about with children. "Not My Idea" is an important look at whiteness for kids and parents to explore racial identity and privilege together. Higgenbotham presents unique subject matter on what it means to be white for kids, which is not a point of view that is often discussed in children's non-fiction. The included "activities" at the end mostly consist of empowering statements for kids to be persistent in the fight for racial justice. This book is a good jumping off point for parents and caregivers looking for more books about social justice and how to raise racially conscious children.

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