Continuing her work to support adults talking openly with children about subjects too important to ignore, author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham visits WORD for storytime with the fourth book in her Ordinary Terrible Things Series. Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness invites families to acknowledge the ways white children are conditioned to feel apart from conversations about race.
Not My Idea offers an emotional inlet to the crisis white children experience when they know people are being harmed and they are actively discouraged from feeling anything about it. Inspired by her own children’s curiosity, Higginbotham sets the story in present day America where a white child sees news coverage of a police shooting. The child asks questions of their family, but finds answers in the library. In an age of fake news and alternative facts, Not My Idea spotlights the role of libraries as sanctuaries and librarians as guardians of the truth.
About Anastasia Higginbotham
Anastasia Higginbotham is the creator of the critically-acclaimed Ordinary Terrible Things series, which includes Death Is Stupid, Divorce Is the Worst, and, most recently, Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. Although her name sounds as if is directly out of a Harry Potter book, Higginbotham hails from Washington, Pennsylvania, where she is the fourth of five siblings whose names all begin with A. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband Jon and two sons, Lionel and Sabatino.
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.