What You Don’t Know: A Story Of Liberated Childhood


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

"What You Don't Know is an ontological investigation and a treatise on love, disguised as a children's book. It is sure to make many kids (and their parents) feel seen." —Cooper Lee Bombardier, Pass with Care

Anastasia Higginbotham's What You Don't Know: A Story of Liberated Childhood is 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.