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Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, An Evening for Parents

Event date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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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

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1189 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948340007
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Published: Dottir Press - September 4th, 2018

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.

Tell Me about Sex, Grandma (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
By Anastasia Higginbotham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781558614192
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Published: Feminist Press - April 11th, 2017

Patiently forthcoming with lessons your parents redacted, this necessary conversation stresses consent, sex positivity, and the right to be curious about your body. The dialogue focuses on the dynamics of sex, rather than the mechanics, as Grandma reminds readers that sex is not marriage or reproduction, and doesn't look the same for everyone.

Death Is Stupid (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
By Anastasia Higginbotham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781558619258
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Published: Feminist Press - April 12th, 2016

"She's in a better place now," adults say again and again. But mortality doesn't seem better, it seems stupid. This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger, confusion, and fear that we feel about death.

Divorce Is the Worst (Ordinary Terrible Things) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781558618800
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Feminist Press - April 14th, 2015

Kids are told, "it's for the best"--and one day, it may be. But right now, divorce is the worst. With honesty and humor, Anastasia Higginbotham beautifully conveys the challenge of staying whole when your entire world, and the people in it, split apart.