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On the Playground
Our First Talk About Prejudice
By (author): Dr. Jillian Roberts Illustrated by: Jane Heinrichs
9781459820913 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Prejudice & Racism Feb 19, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 8.5 x 10 x 0.38 in | 440 gr 32 pages 25 Colour illustrations, 30 FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention 2019, Commended
A comprehensive introduction to the topic of prejudice.

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.

The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. 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.

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.

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.

Key Selling Points

A straightforward discussion with children about how they can approach prejudice and bullying when they see it happening to their peers.

Themes include bullying, diversity, world outside the home.

Discussion and images include differences that are not necessarily physical: sexuality, gender, mental.

The World Around Us series is written in an accessible question and answer format that can be read on it's own. Sidebars with further questions and definitions, for further discussion

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade

Extensive ARC distribution, including  NetGalley

Blog and social media promotion

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"A heartfelt…tool to provoke conversations about prejudice and bullying." - Kirkus Review

"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." - Booklist

"A useful discussion starter about combating intolerance." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“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

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