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Children's Nonfiction Law & Crime

On the News Read-Along

Our First Talk About Tragedy

read by Jillian Roberts

illustrated by Jane Heinrichs

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Law & Crime, Violence, General
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Introduces children to the realities of natural disasters, terrorism and other forms of tragedy.

In age-appropriate language and tone, Dr. Roberts explains what tragedy is, the feelings it may create and how to manage those feelings. She also emphasizes the good that can come out of tragedy, looking at how people help one another in caring, compassionate and heroic ways. The book's question-and-answer format will help parents have a meaningful conversation about these difficult topics with their children and equip parents to better handle questions that arise when children are exposed to the news.

About the authors


  • Commended, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention

Editorial Reviews

“Purposeful but effective.”

The Horn Book Online

"This book handles a sensitive topic with kindness, compassion, and empathy…A good beginning look at how to broach a complicated topic that's filled with positivity and hope."


&quotThis picture book fills a gap in how to address tragedy and disasters with young children…Terrorism and man-made disasters are addressed in a humanizing way. Emphasis is provided throughout on resilience and positivity.&quot

School Library Connection

"A timely introduction to, and conversation starter on, tough current events for children. Hand to counselors and caregivers."

School Library Journal

"Well-intentioned, ambitious and heartfelt."

Kirkus Reviews

"An accessible, honest conversation starter that is a must-have purchase for all school and public library collections. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

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