Healing Library: Coping with Coronavirus

Family Materials Coping with Coronavirus & Covid-19

 The Stratford Library put together these online resources to help families and caregivers answer their children’s questions about the coronavirus and Covid-19. This resource list will grow as new information becomes available. We hope these materials will be of help to you. Please stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all at the library when this situation has passed!

How to Talk to Your Child about Coronavirus and Covid-19

This excellent article from St. Jude Hospital contains discussion topics, advice, and resources to help parents and caregivers answer children’s questions about the virus. There are also links to a reproducible coloring book and activity book for kids.

Advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Books to explain the virus to children:

Written for children to help inform them about the COVID-19 pandemic, the following books should be read by a parent, caregiver or teacher alongside a child or a small group of children. Several books include websites to find more information.


The Story of Oyster and Butterfly: The Coronavirus and Me by Ana M. Gomez
English: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13-SrIaH9MIW__bYaYktRhrMG7y0lDGsx/view
Spanish: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zny3HKLf5MrrM79eNVs2wS6nh425_ISs/view
This downloadable picture book for young children can help them cope with their feelings about the virus.


Doctor Li and the Crown-Wearing Virus by Francesca Cavallo
or download for free at: https://freebooks.undercats.media/corona
This book is about the doctor in China who first realized that people were becoming sick. For age 6 and up.


My Hero is You: How Kids Can Fight COVID-19 by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (World Health Organization)
Sara and other children from around the world describe what they can do to keep themselves and others safe. Everyone can be a hero by following simple rules, such as social distancing and washing their hands.


Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts.
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
This book explains how the virus is spread and why it is important to stay home. It also talks about feelings kids may have and how they can help at home.


A Comic Book to explain safety measures to kids by NPR education reporter Cory Turner (also available in Chinese and Spanish)


Videos to explain the virus to children:

Dr Panda and Toto:
This optimistic cartoon explains a probable cause of Covid-19, it’s affects, and how the body’s immune system tries to fight off the evil virus family.
There are other Dr. Panda videos about the coronavirus, but adults should watch them first to decide if they are appropriate to show to their children.


Eurac Research:
Narrated in by a child, this simple cartoon explains why it is important to wash hands.


Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story About Social Distancing by Kim St. Lawrence, read by Ryan St. Lawrence (Kidshealth.org)
This excellent picture book video explains to very young children how they can still have fun while staying home.


ROBert explains the corona virus to children
This movie uses PLAYMOBIL to help explain in a way that children can understand what is happening right now, what we can all do to ease the situation, and why it so important to avoid contact with other children and adults.


Ping-Pong Chain Reaction to explain the importance of social distancing by the Ohio Board of Health
This 30 second video shows why social distancing works to flatten the curve.


Songs and Washing Hands:


5 Hand Washing Songs Your Preschooler Will Love:
Lyrics to popular children’s song tune included.


How to wash your hands NHS song
This short video demonstrates the way to thoroughly wash hands.


Additional Resources:

From !Colorín Colorado!, this site includes links to lots of information in English and in Spanish for adults and classroom use.


How to Talk to Your Child about Coronavirus and Covid-19 by St. Jude Hospital

For a printable list of these resources, click here.

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