Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness
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Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness

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By Anastasia Higginbotham

Featured in the NY Times twice in May and in June 2020, as well as in Autostraddle - "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

A White Raven 2019 Selection

Named one of School Library Journal's Best Books of 2018

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

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

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


Target Age: 7-10

Pages: 64

Published: 2018