We’re several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and the amount of information we’re seeing every day can be really overwhelming! Here are a few good, well researched, online sources of information that are appropriate for children.
Nosy Crow, a publishing imprint, has collaborated with the illustrator of The Gruffalo, Alex Scheffler, on Coronavirus: A Book for Children. This talks through the science of the virus, how it affects people, the development of vaccines, and why physical distancing is so important. It would be worth reading and discussing with any child.
A nurse in the United Kingdom, Molly Watts, wrote a book, Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus, that talks through COVID-19 in a nice, straightforward way while also being really reassuring.
Ms. Adams shared a book that addresses why we wear masks in public, Wearing a Mask: A Book for Children by Tara Tuchel. On her website, she also has the book available as a coloring book and as a video narrated by Captain Robert Richards from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office in New York.<
There are some great videos on Brainpop and Brainpop Jr. Students can get to those by logging into Clever. Brainpop has a video specifically about the coronavirus. On Brainpop Jr., there’s one about washing hands and another one that explains how colds and flus spread.
Many classrooms are using Epic! Books, and they’ve got a nice selection of ebooks and audiobooks about germs, colds, and other health topics. If your student’s teachers aren’t using Epic!, email Ms. Leese and she’ll add your student to her class.
If you ever need help finding information, please email Ms. Leese!