Anastasia Higginbotham is the award-winning author and illustrator of the Ordinary Terrible Things book series, which offers a compassionate, child-centered witnessing of the injuries that can come with divorce, childhood fears about death, conflicting messages about sex, the confusion and complex feelings of confronting racism when you’re white, the conditions in childhood that could liberate children into their full humanity (even as they reckon with weaponized Christianity and the violence of whiteness), and childhood sexual abuse by a beloved family member. In this session, Higginbotham will discuss her experience of making art as a way to heal and cope with harm (inner life and out in the world), how she uses art and writing to disrupt all forms of supremacy, why the distilled visual and narrative language of children’s books is so powerful, and why her books are for children and adults.
Higginbotham, Anastasia, "Ordinary Terrible Things: Children's Literature, Reality, and the Power of Witnessing" (2022). 2022 Children's Book Festival Live Sessions. 4.