7 Apr 2020


Coronavirus: A Book for Children by [Wilson, Kate, Jenner, Elizabeth, Roberts, Nia]
ISBN 9781839941467

PLEASE NOTE ... Whilst not  published until 13th April 2020 this book is free to read and download here though the publishers, Nosy Crow, would like to encourage readers, should they feel in a position to do so, to make a donation to NHS Charities Together which amongst other things aims to  support staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients at https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk ,

Engagingly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book helps answer these questions and many more, providing children aged 5-10 and their parents with clear and accessible explanations about the coronavirus and its effects - both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.

With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing.
- Amazon UK Blurb

Image may contain: 1 person, textMY THOUGHTS ... As you may well know I don't as a rule do online reading but given as it is available free to charge for anyone to read on screen or print out (though donations as mentioned above are most welcome) I had Mr T print me off a copy.

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?

Currently a time when the world can seem a scary place and not just to us adults. 

This carefully worded book explaining the Coronavirus to primary aged school children is a wonderful resource that answers the above questions in a way that is easily understood.

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler (who many of you will recognise as the illustrator of many children's books including, amongst others, Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo) and with input from a Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling and a NHS Clinical Psychologist specialising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Neurodevelopment to say nothing of the head teachers of several primary schools. Not only does Coronavirus: A Book for Children offer some explanations as to just what this virus is and how it spreads etc, it's also quite empowering in so much as it offers some ways as to how children might be of help ... something that can be of great importance and, yes, comfort to children who are feeling powerless.

SUMMED UP IN A SENTENCE ... An invaluable resource; perfect for those unsure as how to answer young children's questions about the Coronavirus.
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Kelly said...

What a great idea for children in a confusing and scary time!

Brian Joseph said...

It is a very good thing that this is available. Good information, even for children, is always beneficial.

Stay safe and healthy.

Suko said...

This does sound like an invaluable resource, Felicity. Thank you for this helpful and timely post!

Literary Feline said...

I will definitely check this out. My daughter has been asking a lot of questions, and while I do my best to answer them, it's always nice to have help--especially age appropriate help. Thank you for sharing, Felicity!

nightwingsraven said...

This book sounds like a very informative,
positive and helpful resource for children
(and their parents) about the Coronavirus.
Not to speak of what you said about how
this book could inspire children to offer
help. Or how it could offer comfort to them.
Thank you for your excellent review.

sherry fundin said...

i'm sure parents can use any help they can get and helping support others is a wonderful cause in these difficult times
sherry @ fundinmental

Karen said...

Books like this should be helpful for parents who are home with their kids 23/7 now and having to deal with explaining so many things and adapting to all the changes.

We had a Sesame Street special on here last night explaining things like social distancing and not touch your face in very simple terms for very young children.

Karen @ For What It's Worth

Nikki-ann said...

I think this is a great idea! In the run up to lockdown, my nephew was so worried that the virus was going to come and get him and his family. He kept asking how close it was. It was so upsetting. He's now being shielded from the news, but I'm sure this book would still be good for him.

Gina said...

A bit of information can go a long way in dispelling all the noise they catch every day. Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

this sounds like a great book. And I love that they're making it available to anyone.