Thursday, August 27, 2020

10 Children's Books About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The beginning of the school year is here and, for the first time in recent history, students and teachers are going back to school in the midst of a global pandemic.  No one really knows what to expect this school year and everyone feels anxiety on some level.  Listed below are 10 children's books about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and some of the issues children have to deal with.  

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1. When Verona the Corona Came to Town by Haley Glynn

Readers follow the main character, MaryEllen, through a story that details experiences during the Corona Virus pandemic. The goal of this story is to shed light on a time of uncertainty and fear in a child-friendly way.


When Verona the Corona Came to Town

2. Germs vs. Soap by Didi Dragon

Germs vs. Soap shows children (and adults) the secret world of germs and how much germs absolutely, positively do NOT like soap. In fact, these germs will do anything to trick kids into not washing their hands with soap because it's the one thing standing between them and their beloved energy cupcakes. And all they want is to gobble up all the energy cupcakes humans have to offer and then spread to eat some more. But only if soap doesn't get in the way. Otherwise, it's all down the drain for them.


Germs vs. Soap

3. Why Did the Whole World Stop? Talking with Kids About COVID-19 by Heather Black

Children ask a lot of questions. Some are easy to answer, others are tricky, especially when it comes to a social distancing, disrupted schedules, and a viral pandemic. This illustrated book is a tool that can help open conversation about Covid-19 and provide accurate information in a kid-friendly format. Bright graphics and simply worded details can help your child grow in understanding of why so many of our normal routines suddenly changed.


Why Did the Whole World Stop?


4. Rona Stole My Fun by Chandra A. Clements

Children ask a lot of questions. Some are easy to answer, others are tricky, especially when it comes to a social distancing, disrupted schedules, and a viral pandemic. This illustrated book is a tool that can help open conversation about Covid-19, and provide accurate information in a kid-friendly format. Bright graphics and simply worded details can help your child grow in understanding of why so many of our normal routines suddenly changed.


Rona Stole My Fun

5. School is Different This Year and That's OK by Julie Blair and Susan Leininger

Light-hearted children's book that shares the dilemma of going back to school in the Coronavirus environment. Silly ducks and goats navigate through both in-school and remote-learning experiences in a way that both children and parents can relate. Readers will appreciate the positive perspective of all options. This book was written by two sisters and moms facing the same decisions for their families and is sure to bring some laughter and peace to other parents and children.


School is Different This Year

6. Lucy's Mask by Lisa Sirkis Thompson

Suddenly, masks are everywhere. Are your kids confused and anxious about wearing a mask? Lucy’s world turned upside down. She’s bored. She can’t be together with her friends. But when she finds out her mom is making her a new mask her boredom turns into excitement. Lucy loves masks! She dives into her toy box full of costumes and opens a world of imagination and make-believe adventure, far beyond the walls of her room. Of course, she doesn’t realize that the mask her mom is making is not a costume at all but one that will keep her safe and make her a real-life superhero.


Lucy's Mask

7. Paula and the Pandemic by Dorthea Laurence

This book is about a little girl, Paula, who experiences the pandemic and not being able to do the things she loved. Her mommy tries to teach her patience through growing a sunflower from a little seed. This book is intended to support parents who are having a hard time explaining the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing to their small children.


Paula and the Pandemic

8. COVID-19 for Kids: Understand the Coronavirus Disease and How to Stay Healthy by Catherine Cheung

"Grandpa has a very strong will, but his body's weak and often ill..." So begins our story, but the coronavirus has come to town and is spreading fast! What happens when Grandpa's family and friends meet COVID-19 at his grandson's birthday party? How will they all keep him safe? See how Grandpa's family and friends use social distancing and great hygiene to stay healthy and prevent further spread of the coronavirus, especially to the most vulnerable people in our society.


COVID-19 for Kids

9. Stay Home Superheroes: A Kid's Guide to Social Distancing by Callie Silva

This book is about a little boy, Jax, whose life has been flipped upside down due to the pandemic. His mom tries to teach him patience and hygiene by explaining how they all can be superheroes by staying home and safe, and not spreading the virus. This book is intended to support parents who are having a hard time explaining the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing to their small children who are struggling with the new situation.


Stay Home Superheroes

10. Smiling from Ear-to-Ear: Wearing Masks While Having Fun by Kaitlyn Chu

We’re all having to get used to wearing face masks in our daily lives. Let’s see how our favorite animals wear their masks and still have fun! Smiling from Ear to Ear is a cute, colorful picture book that shows friendly animal characters wearing face masks when they go to the park, the store, the doctor's office, and more. It's made with love for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, teachers, and anyone who interacts with young children and wants to make wearing face masks less frightening and more normalized for common activities.

Smiling from Ear to Ear

After reading through this list of books, can you think of any other books about the coronavirus (COVID-19) that other teachers should know about? If so, add them in the comment section below!

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