Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19 ebooks, journal pages, discussion tips and more

Coronavirus, COVID-19, social distancing, schools closed, events canceled - this time is challenging enough for adults, and even more so for children and parents.  Here are a few resources that may help.

We will update this list with additional resources as we become aware of them.

Books explaining Coronavirus to children:

Coronavirus: A Book for Children  
by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts; illustrated by Axel Scheffler
You can download the free pdf or read it free online at the end of the linked post.

A Kids Book about COVID-19
by Malia Jones, a social epidemiologist
You can download the free book in English or Spanish, as a colorful pdf or a printer-friendly black & white version.

by Manuela Molina 
You can download the free pdf (available in multiple languages) at the end of the linked post.

The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus
by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
This 6-page booklet uses characters from the Princess in Black books to reinforce washing hands, staying at home, and keeping distance (one Frimplepants) from others.

Additional online book options from:

Booklets explaining wearing masks:

Wearing a Mask: A Story for Children
by Autism Little Learners
This 7-page booklet explains wearing masks.

Wearing a Mask: A Coloring Book for Children
by Autism Little Learners
This is the 7-page booklet above, in black and white so children can color the pages.

Seeing Other People Wearing Masks
by Autism Little Learners
This 7-page booklet explains why and where people wear masks.

Booklet about school being closed:

My School is Staying Closedby Autism Little Learners
This 7-page booklet explains schools being closed this year and the expectation they will reopen in fall.

Journal pages to write & draw about your experiences:

My Covid-19 Time Capsule
by Long Creations
Journal-type pages for children to document this time.
Update: An adult version has been added for adults to document their experiences.

My Lockdown Diary
by Stephen McCarthy
"Lockdown" may not be the language we're using, but the pages provide prompts for writing and drawing during this time of no school and social distancing.

Coronavirus Story and Coloring Book
Story with illustrations for children to color.

Articles with tips for talking with your child:

How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID-19 by Michigan Health

Talking to Children by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Additional resources:

Online reading, learning, and fun resources
Printable activity pages, story starters and more
Screen-free things to do at home
Resources about COVID-19 - books for children, journal pages, tips for talking with your child


Share a Smile - Share artwork and letters with Meals on Wheels recipients.
Share Your Story - Share your experiences and daily life during this pandemic.

Poetry Month - Write a poem to add to our Poetree.

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