On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty

On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty

"The World Around Us" series #1

by Jaime Casap & Dr. Jillian Roberts
  • inquiry
  • nonfiction

"The World Around Us" series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues in a straightforward and accessible way. These illustrated nonfiction picture books tackle global concerns and initiate conversations about subjects that are difficult, sad or overwhelming with school-aged children who are just beginning to observe the world outside their homes. 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.


Jaime Casap, author

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.

Dr. Jillian Roberts, author

Dr. Jillian Roberts has been working with children for more than twenty years, first as a primary schoolteacher, then as a child psychologist and an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.drjillianroberts.com. Follow her on Twitter @DrJillRoberts.

Jane Heinrichs, illustrator

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. She was born in Africa, grew up in Manitoba and moved to England to study fine art at a postgraduate level. She has a BA in art history and classics from the University of Manitoba, an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA in illustration from the Camberwell College of Arts. She lives in the UK with her family and loves gardening, reading and eating huge chocolate sundaes very slowly. For more information, visit www.janeheinrichs.net.


  • 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
  • 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

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Orca Book Publishers

email: andrew@orcabook.com

website: https://www.orcabook.com/

rights sold: Korea (Hyeonamsa)

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 6 - 9

number of pages: 32

publication date: 02/13/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book