What You Don’t Know

What You Don't Know

Not a Coming-Out Story

by Anastasia Higginbotham

Illustrated by Anastasia Higginbotham

Published by: Dottir Press

96 pages, 9.00 x 6.00 in, Color illustrations throughout

  • Hardcover
  • 9781948340298
  • Published: January 2021


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I think the days of Heather Has Two Mommies are long past. We're ready for GLBTQIA+ stories for kids that are a little bit complicated and a little bit interesting and a whole lotta fantastic. For all this, the person you turn to is Anastasia Higginbotham.BETSY BIRD, librarian and blogger

Anastasia Higginbotham's What You Don't Know: A Book About Identity isn't a story about coming out—it's a story about trusting kids to trust themselves.

For one "oversensitive" sixth grader, knowing he's gay isn't what worries him. What worries him is seeing everyone scared (and scarred). He might not be out yet, but he can sense his parents' concern, his friends' acceptance, and the church's hypocrisy. But what all of them don't know is that it's never occurred to him to do anything but love himself, and until he senses that it's safe to come out, he just plans on radiating love.