We know these uncertain days can be lonely and challenging for educators, parents and their families. Young children may feel especially vulnerable as they watch their caregivers respond to stress and adjust to new routines at home and school.

To help you talk to your children about these changes, Orca is offering free Read-Along copies of On the News: Our First Talk About Tragedy , written and narrated by renowned child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts.
On the News  gently introduces young 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 meaningful conversations about difficult topics with their children and equip them to better handle questions that arise when children are exposed to the news.

“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.” —Booklist
Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts created The World Around Us series to guide parents and caregivers through conversations about difficult issues in a reassuring and hopeful manner and help children understand their expanding awareness of the world around them. Learn more...
Dr. Roberts also spoke to Victoria News with advice on talking to children about the on-going health emergency. See the full article here.
How to open your Read-Along copy of On the News : Our First Talk About Tragedy
EPUB Read-Along files (also known as “Read-Aloud” ebooks) require an ebook reader program to read and listen. Most smartphones, tablets, computers and e-readers have these programs installed and will open your download automatically. Popular ebook readers include Calibre (all devices), iBooks (Mac) and Bibliovore (Windows). Check your device's app store for the most up-to-date options.
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