In the last month many free downloadable books for children and families on aspects of COVID-19 have been circulating on the web and social media. NH Family Voices has collected and compiled this listing for your easy access.
Coronavirus a Book for Children -This informative and accessible guide for young readers defines the coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help. With child-appropriate answers and explanations, the book addresses several key questions. The age range is recommended for children 6-years-old and above.
My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19 – Features a creature named Ario, who helps explain how children can protect against the virus and cope with the complicated emotions around the world dealing with a pandemic, according to a release from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), which is part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This book is available in 29 languages Click here to access.
Join Captain Corona as he takes a group of children on an adventure through the community introducing them to a team of 19 brave warriors whose selfless efforts keep us alive. Captain Corona celebrates health care workers, custodians, journalists, store clerks, teachers, scientists, and more.
HELLO This short book was created to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. It will invite children to express how they are feeling and validate their emotions, comfort them by explaining that caregivers will keep them safe and introduce some precaution measures that will allow them to feel empowered. This book is available in 25 different languages Click here to access.NABU created the COVID-19 Health collection with the support of experts in the field of health, neuroscience and child development, and a team of authors who pitched in to create information-rich, compelling stories. Translations are available click here to access.
The Virus-Stopping Champion is one of four stories from the collection aiming to help address the confusion and misinformation of COVID-19. Featuring a child superhero who learns how to prevent the spread of the virus, the story touches on the courageous steps every child and their family can take to fight COVID 19. From handwashing, social distancing and the importance of staying home The Virus-Stopping Champion can be enjoyed by children of all ages.
I Love You helps children cope with the emotional impact of not being able to visit their elderly relatives.Touching on the the global nature of the COVID-19 it helps kids understand that this situation is affecting children all over the world no matter their age, skin colour or the language that they speak. As children and families around the world struggle to stop the spread of COVID-19, NABU hopes the power of these diverse storybooks will share vital information that could save lives.
Coronavirus What is it? A story for children to give them information about Coronavirus. It explains what it is, how it is spread, how to protect ourselves and what quarantine is.
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Even Astronauts Practice Social Distancing – This is a story meant to answer children’s questions about the Coronavirus. It teaches children about how to practice social distancing, wear masks, and answers questions about how long we will need to stay at home.
Wearing A Mask – A social narrative for children. This story is for children who may need to wear a mask in public due to COVID-19. It is important to prepare children for big changes in these unprecedented day. In Spanish
Getting a Haircut with a Mask– This story can be read to little ones to prepare them for a haircut during this time of COVID-19.
Putting A Mask on My Toys -This story is for young children. It can help familiarize them with masks during this time of COVID-19 with a little story about putting a mask on stuffed animals, dolls and toys and playing peek-a-boo with them. It also talks about playing peek-a-boo with family members with a mask. In addition, there is a teddy bear, bunny, doll and car that can be cut out along with a mask to cut out and put on those “toys”. There are 5 coloring pages with pictures/scenes with masks being worn.
“Learn About the Coronavirus,” a coloring book created by St. Jude to help the hospital’s patients and children in general understand the virus and its associated health problems.
King Covid and the Kids Who Cared (Abridged – 24 pages) Recommended for ages 4-6
King Covid and the Kids Who Care (Unabridged – 36 pages) Recommended for ages 7-9
Wearing A Mask
Others books that relate
I Can Be Safe and Healthy by Washing My Hands!
¡Puedo estar seguro y saludable lavándome las manos!
The Little Book of Germs – Activity book to find where germs are hiding
Why Can’t I Go to School
¿Porque no puedo ir a la escuela?