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Picture Books for Talking About COVID-19

Children’s book professionals, doctors, scientists, and educators have started addressing the COVD-19 pandemic in picture book form. A variety of downloadable, illustrated books are now available from around the world, with different approaches and levels of detail, intended for adults to read with the children in their lives. If you are looking for support in discussing the current situation with your children, one of these books might help. All are free to download.

For additional options, check this updated list hosted by the New York City School Library System

A factual, reassuring overview of the disease and current stay-at-home practices, with pictures by the beloved illustrator of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom
Coronavirus: A Book for Children, Nosy Crow/Candlewick
Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

A fiction story about staying home, washing hands, and daily life in isolation, featuring an animal family
Staying Home, Andersen Press
Written by Sally Nicholls, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

A question-and-answer book about the disease and changes to routine, designed for neurodiverse and neurotypical readers
I Have a Question About Coronavirus
Written and illustrated by Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky

A short Princess in Black guide to hand-washing and social distancing
The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus, Candlewick Press
Written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Phamshort

A fact-based introduction to COVID-19 and epidemiology, with graphic design targeted to older kids.
A Kids Book About COVID-19
Written by Malia Jones

An introduction and workbook, designed to help kids articulate questions and feelings in an uncertain time
First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Scholastic
Spanish language: Un cuaderno de trabajo para ayudar a los niños a sobrellevar la pandemia de coronavirus
Written by Denise Daniels, RN, MS 

Teacher Lauren S. Brown’s lesson plan with prompts and questions to encourage older students to create primary documents about the pandemic and to express their experiences and emotions
Living Through History pandemic journal prompts and lesson plan
Written by Lauren S. Brown

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