An introductory look at the complicated topics of tragedy and disaster.


In a question-and-answer format, 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 looking at how people help one another in caring, compassionate, and heroic ways. On the News is the second title in the World Around Us series. To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/1CdKhB5


  • Commended, Children’s Book Council & National Council for Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019
  • Commended, Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets - Honourable Mention 2018


"Well-intentioned, ambitious and heartfelt. "

- Kirkus Reviews

"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

“Purposeful but effective. ”

- The Horn Book Online

"An accessible, honest conversation starter that is a must-have purchase for all school and public library collections. Highly Recommended. "

- CM Magazine

&quotThis picture book fills a gap in how to address tragedy and disasters with young children…Terrorism and man-made disasters are addressed in a humanizing way. Emphasis is provided throughout on resilience and positivity. &quot

- School Library Connection

"A timely introduction to, and conversation starter on, tough current events for children. Hand to counselors and caregivers. "

- School Library Journal

“This is a perfect 'back pocket' book, something to have on hand for when big questions arise. The basic format works well with kindergartners and small children, while the extra information will guide upper elementary students.”

- School Library Journal

“By providing adults and children with such empathetic information about coping with tragedy, Dr. Roberts has crafted a valuable resource for readers looking for ways to better understand the nature of tragedy and how to support, help, and nurture those around us.”

- Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)