Join Charis in welcoming author and illustrator Anastasia Higginbotham to talk about her newest book, Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, in her Ordinary Terrible Things series for children. In Not My Idea, 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.
Anastasia Higginbotham invites interested parents, teachers, and clinicians to attend this event to learn more about how to use this book to talk about white supremacy in your families and schools and with your children. Parents are welcome to bring children to the event, knowing the content of the event will mostly be geared toward adult skill-building.
This is a Charis Circle Strong Families, Whole Children Event. The suggested donation is $5.
Praise for Not My Idea:
"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
“Helping young white people dismantle white supremacy is urgently needed; this book is a primer on how to begin.” -Loretta Ross, author of Radical Reproductive Justice
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.
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