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Kids, Sex & Screens Raising Strong, Resilient Children in the Sexualized Digital Age

Kids, Sex & Screens explains in easy-to-understand language what exactly the psychological effects of exposure to sexual content can look like, and offers parents the tools and expert advice on how to handle it appropriately. Weaving eye-opening accounts from her own counseling practice with up-to-date psychological science, Dr. Jillian Roberts gives a full-fledged accounting of our sexualized society. Dr. Roberts pairs this explanation with advice and concrete actions that parents of both girls and boys desperately need.

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On the News Our First Talk About Tragedy

On The News: Our First Talk about Tragedy is the second book in “The World Around Us” series, the first being On Our Street: Our First Talk about Poverty, that introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues. As in the first entry, this nonfiction picture book tackles realities in the world that are hard for everyone, adults and children alike, to comprehend and process. Media, in all of its many sources, is streaming constantly around all of us. The preface acknowledges the tendency to avoid talking about difficult subjects, and it takes the affirmative stand that “It is okay to ask questions when you do not understand why something bad has happened in the world.”

On The News: Our First Talk about Tragedy is an accessible, honest conversation starter that is a must-have purchase for all school and public library collections. Highly recommended.”

CM Magazine | June 8, 2018
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On the Playground Our First Talk About 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.

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On the Internet Our First Talk About Online Safety

On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety introduces children to the basics of online safety in a story-based, conversational style. Using real-world examples set within the context of a child who is using the Internet for the first time and watching an older sibling interact with social media, Dr. Roberts takes readers through several common scenarios around parental supervision, online bullying and anonymity. She also includes examples of people who use the Internet to make the world a better place. On the Internet addresses common safety concerns in a child-centered way and offers easy-to-understand rationales as to why it’s important to maintain boundaries online just as in real life.

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On Our Street Our First Talk About Poverty

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 | November 3, 2017
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Why Do Families Change? Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce

Ontario Library Association Top Ten Best Bets 2017

Using upbeat, colorful illustrations and straightforward text, Roberts reassures kids that they are loved and that divorce or separation is not their fault…Potentially scary concepts, such as moving, are made accessible…A helpful tool for adults seeking to explain divorce to elementary students.

School Library Journal | February 28, 2017
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What Happens When a Loved One Dies? Our First Talk About Death

This helpful book…employs simple, yet truthful, responses that either immediately satisfy or give children additional tools for articulating more specific questions…An excellent choice for preschools as well as libraries.

Booklist | Booklist - March 15, 2016
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Where Do Babies Come From? Our First Talk About Birth

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, commended CA 2016; Ontario Library Association's Best Bet Award, commended January 2016

Using honesty, plain language, and proper terminology, Roberts covers the basics, but also includes answers to a few common follow-up questions for kids who are curious or ready for more information. Cindy Revell’s bright illustrations highlight diversity and provide visual clarity that enhances the text. This is a great starting point for parents and caregivers who might need a bit of help knowing how much to tell little ones.

Quill & Quire | December 1, 2015
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What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk About Diversity

CCBC Best Books, commended CA 2017

The value of diversity is woven through the child-like drawing and reinforces the topic of variety and uniqueness. The illustrations sparkle with colour and warmth…The underlying powerful message is one of respecting the variety in our world, and readers are left with the optimistic spin of celebrating differences. It is never too early to teach even the youngest that we are all different and special in our own way.

CM Magazine | September 12, 2016
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