The Breaking News

THE BREAKING NEWS, Roaring Brook/Macmillan

When devastating news rattles a young girl’s community, her normally attentive parents and neighbors are suddenly exhausted and distracted. At school, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpers—the good people working to make things better in big and small ways. She wants more than anything to help in a BIG way, but maybe she can start with one small act of kindness instead . . . and then another, and another. Small things can compound, after all, to make a world of difference.

The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul touches on themes of community, resilience, and optimism with an authenticity that will resonate with readers young and old.



“An absolute-must for most libraries.” – School Library Journal

“. . . a useful classroom and parental tool in tough times.” – from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Starred Review)

“. . . a wise and timely book.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“. . . the heavily outlined images are steady and solid, including the closing spreads of the girl and her family planting flowers, which circle back to a scene at the beginning, affirming the resilience that can result when small acts are focused on community.”  The New York Times

“…when she places a revived potted plant in her front window, she spurs her parents to join her in taking action: planting and nurturing flowers for the whole neighborhood. These emerge as tangible symbols of life and growth, hope and comfort amid the bad news of the day.” – Horn Book Review

*A Scholastic Teacher’s magazine summer 2018 reading list pick*

*Selected as a Best Picture Book of 2018 by the Chicago Public Library*


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