On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty


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“[This book] explores the realities of people living with inadequate resources [and] addresses mental illness, homelessness and refugee status as they are connected to this issue … [Includes a] section on how kids can help empowers readers to take what they have learned and use it to make a difference”–Amazon.com.

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poverty, homelessness, mental illness, human rights, essential services

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This timely book is a brief invitation to children to wonder and to ask questions…The layout of On Our Street is inviting: double spreads for each question, with large clear font and generous space allocated to photos and drawings…This book will be a terrific catalyst for parents and teachers to open kids’ eyes to the realities of their day-to-day world and to encourage them to share personal experiences…It may never be too soon to begin to learn about these complex issues. And whenever they are ready, On Our Street, part of ‘The World Around Us’ series, will be a fine first step toward enhancing that understanding. Highly Recommended.– “CM Magazine”

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The writing is clear and accurate. A positive attempt at a difficult subject, this book will be most useful in situations where caring adults can help children understand and work through their feelings about the topic.– “Kirkus Reviews”

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This straightforward, gentle entry in the World around Us series does a good job of explaining those concepts to a young audience in terms they can understand…This is a useful starting point for conversations about an important topic.– “Booklist”

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This is a frank yet sensitive introduction to the issues of homelessness…Colour photographs offer a humanizing and diverse representation of poverty. Realistic watercolour illustrations featuring two girls and a boy throughout the book and provide a sense of continuity.– “Quill & Quire”

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&quotThis is a unique and essential book where hard questions are answered in a clear straightforward way.”– “Youth Services Book Review”

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&quotAn important addition to the school or public library collection. Recommended.”– “School Library Connection”

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A sensitive and thoughtful approach to a difficult subject, this book offers parents and teachers an opportunity to encourage kids to think more deeply about how we can make our world a better place for everyone. — “Canadian Children’s Booknews”

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“Purposeful, accessible text.”– “The Horn Book Online”

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“Offers us a world of understanding and, once again, reveals the delicacy and strength of the written word.”– “CSP Book Blog”

Publisher Marketing:

The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in a way that is accessible. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

A gentle introduction to the issue of poverty, On Our Street explores the realities of people living with inadequate resources. Using age-appropriate language, this book addresses mental illness, homelessness and refugee status as they are connected to this issue. Insightful quotes from individuals and organizations such as UNICEF are included throughout to add further perspective on the issue. An invaluable section on how kids can help empowers readers to take what they have learned and use it to make a difference.

Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts created this series to guide parents/caregivers through conversations about difficult issues in a reassuring and hopeful manner and help children understand their expanding awareness of the world around them.

Review Citations:
  • Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2017 (EAN 9781459816176, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 12/15/2017 pg. 94 (EAN 9781459816176, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 01/01/2018 (EAN 9781459816176, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2019 (EAN 9781459816176, Hardcover)

Contributor Bio:  Roberts, Jillian
Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, professor and parent. She earned her PhD at age twenty-six, became one of the youngest associate professors at the University of Victoria at thirty-two and shortly after became the associate dean of the Faculty of Education. During this time Dr. Roberts built one of Victoria, British Columbia’s most successful child-psychology practices. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts has had her work published in the New York Times and the Toronto Sun, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Global News, and has been interviewed by The Tyee and the CBC. Her bestselling Just Enough series of children’s books was released in 2016 to international acclaim. In early 2017 Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks to offer families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world.

Contributor Bio:  Casap, Jaime
Jaime Casap is the Chief Educational Evangelist at Google, Inc in Phoenix, Arizona. Jaime is a first-generation American who was raised by a single mother subsisting on welfare in Hell’s Kitchen, NY. Having grown up in poverty, he truly believes that access to education and technology can save lives. Working with Google and educational organizations around the world, Jaime is passionate about improving the quality of education by using technology to create powerful learning models in all classrooms, from kindergarten to college and university. Follow Jaime on Twitter @JCasap.

Contributor Bio:  Heinrichs, Jane
Jane Heinrichs is a children’s book writer and illustrator. She starts her day at a clear desk with her huge sketchbook (for books) and her tiny sketchbook (for daily drawings) but usually ends up sitting on the floor, surrounded by a collection of paints, pencils and papers. Jane lives in the UK with her family.

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