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Title:
Not my idea : a book about whiteness,
ISBN:
9781948340007
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
A white child sees a TV news report of a white police officer shooting and killing a black man. "In our family, we don't see color," his mother says, but he sees the colors plain enough. An afternoon in the library's history stacks uncover the truth of white supremacy in America. Racism was not his idea and he refuses to defend it.
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**A WHITE RAVEN 2019 SELECTION**

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


Author Notes

Anastasia Higginbotham is the author and illustrator ofDivorce Is the Worst,Death Is Stupid, andTell 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.


Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-In this call to action, a young white child catches news fragments of a police officer shooting an unarmed black man. They witness their family members' discomfort, avoidance, and eventual dismissal of the shooting (and the resulting protests) while claiming, "We don't see color." The child's confusion leads them to the library for answers about the history of racism in the United States. Ultimately, they vocalize feelings of frustration to their parent. Told in second person to an assumed white audience, the text intersperses firm declarations that the structure of whiteness oppresses people of color with gentle reassurances that growth and change are possible-when bolstered by honesty and accountability. Higginbotham's trademark collage connotes the sweet simplicity of homemade crafts sharpened with the candor of radical zines, and adds layers of meaning that can serve as conversation starters for keen-eyed readers. A page discussing economic oppression, for example, depicts white hands with shirt sleeves made of U.S. dollar bills. The inclusion of a relatable narrative alongside age-appropriate language and direct explanations make this an essential text for young readers, and adults, unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the role of white people in dismantling racism. Back pages include an activity section that is visually rich but structurally vague; each page reads more as a discussion point than an exercise. In an image depicting racial profiling, the security guard closely observing a black child also appears to be a person of color; in a book on whiteness, this feels like detraction from an otherwise consistent message. VERDICT 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.-Ashleigh Williams, School Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A necessary children's book about whiteness, white supremacy, and resistance.Higginbotham's text includes both dialogue among white adults and a white girl grappling with her growing race consciousness and additional text that references and unpacks the ideas in that dialogue. The connective tissue between these two essential pieces of the book can be weak, but the book as a whole is sure to spark conversations, and its collage art and DIY aesthetic may encourage creative expression. The dialogue begins when the girl overhears snippets of a news story about a police officer (whose white hand is shown holding a gun) killing an unarmed black man. "Oh no, not again," says her mother, covering her eyes, and the girl asks "What? Mom. What not again'?" Instead of responding, Mom turns off the TV and dodges questions, asserting, "Our family is kind to everyone. We don't see color." The girl grows increasingly frustrated and eventually seeks information independently while also asserting that she does see color and knows "that what that police officer did was wrong!" Precisely how she came to this raised consciousness isn't clear, and no adults seem sympathetic or overtly supportive. Narrative text directed at readers (perhaps also absorbed by the girl as she reads?) highlights white people engaged in anti-racist activism, and it avoids undermining itself by also placing historical and contemporary black activism at the center. Curiously, however, the text excludes people of other races from its discussion.Important, accessible, needed. (Picture book. 5-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.