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Book Suggestions & Tips for Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus


Coronavirus Comic

Listening to the news and overhearing grown-ups may cause children anxiety or fear about the coronavirus. The challenge for us as a parent, teacher or other trusted grown-up is to make sure we understand what we are trying to explain before talking to them. Several trusted medical organizations and child development experts are providing accurate and continually updated information about the coronavirus so that families can stay as informed and healthy as possible.

Several health organizations and children's book publishers have partnered to produce books designed especially for children that you can view or download free. These titles, which are listed below, can be comfortable conversation starters to talk to young children about viruses, illness, and good habits for wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page How to Protect Yourself and Others is very clear and helpful.

Resources to Help Talk to Children:

KidsHealth has a great selection of resources for parents to use with children including:

H is for Handwashing

In addition, H is for Hand Washing is an online storybook from Sesame Street that introduces young children to the universal experience of hand washing by sharing how kids wash their hands all over the world. A printable "How to Wash Your Hands" Elmo coloring sheet is also available.

Free e-Books You Can Read with Children about COVID-19:

Coronavirus a Book for ChildrenPrincess in Black and the Case of the CoronavirusMy Hero Is YouWash Your HandsKids Want to Know What is COVID 19?Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo

For older children there is A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus based on a radio story on NPR. Experts at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and the National Institute of Mental Health all contributed to the making of the comic.

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IndyPL e-Books and Streaming Videos about Germs for Littles

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Curious George Discovers Germs

Rey, H. A.

This series is all about discovery, adventure and having fun with learning! Journey into a fever-induced dream in which George goes inside the body to learn all about germs. This adventure is jam-packed with additional science facts, real photos, experiments, activities, and more! An Axis 360 ebook.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Catch the Cold

Rylant, Cynthia

When Mr. Putter comes down with a cold, Mrs. Teaberry and her lovable dog, Zeke, come to the rescue, in a wonderful story of friendship. An Axis 360 ebook.

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon

Several sniffling dinosaurs show what to do and not do to get better. This Kanopy streaming video is based on the lovable character book and is always available.