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Children's Nonfiction Prejudice & Racism

On the Playground

Our First Talk About Prejudice

by (author) Jillian Roberts

illustrated by Jane Heinrichs

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
Prejudice & Racism, Values & Virtues, Bullying
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice focuses on introducing children to the complex topic of prejudice.

Crafted around a narrative between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book will help children shape their understanding of diversity so they are better prepared to understand, and question, prejudice witnessed around them in their day-to-day lives and in the media. Dr. Jillian Roberts discusses types of discrimination children notice, what prejudice means, why it's not okay, how to stand up against it and how kids can spread a message of inclusion and acceptance in the world around them.

About the authors


  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention

Editorial Reviews

&quotA useful discussion starter about combating intolerance.&quot

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

&quotA heartfelt…tool to provoke conversations about prejudice and bullying.&quot

Kirkus Review

“Perfectly appropriate for upper elementary, and even middle school if needed.”

Kiss the Book blog

“Confidently and skilfully tackles the issue of prejudice for our youngest readers…This would be an excellent title for classroom, personal, school and public libraries.”

Resource Links

"Parents, teachers, and counselors will find this book to be a handy resource for discussing bullying, as it provides credible ways for children (and adults) to view themselves as active upstanders for others."


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