Books to Help Kids Cope with COVID-19
Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure
In this empowering picture book with a STEM focus, Charlotte, a budding bunny scientist, ignores the doubters and confidently finds a cure to the mysterious malady affecting the forest.
The animals of the forest are all getting sick and no one can figure out why. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and help her friends and family, Charlotte dives into some serious medical science. But when the doctors and other scientists don't take her work seriously, she sets out to find a cure on her own, determined to show that she can make a difference. This empowering story about a smart, confident bunny encourages girls to be persistent and believe in themselves.
Share Your Rainbow
When the storm subsides and the sun comes out, don't forget to look for the rainbow!
Inspired by kids across the country displaying rainbows in their windows, acclaimed illustrators come together to imagine everything these rainbows represent: caring for one another, and our hopes for the future. In this collection of eighteen scenes, readers will lick an ice cream cone, swim in the ocean, cuddle close with cousins, and celebrate a birthday with a party full of friends and family. Each spread has a hidden rainbow for kids to find!
An introduction by R. J. Palacio, New York Times bestselling author of Wonder, reminds us that rainbows have always been symbols of hope, and that as fleeting as a rainbow may seem, we can always look for the next one--in the sky, on the sidewalk, and in a window.
100% of net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to World Central Kitchen, using the power of food to help our communities weather this storm.
Not Forever But For Now
A picture book to help your child process their feelings during the social distancing of the pandemic.
What parents are saying...
"(My child) loved the book... [It] opened up a dialogue and he admitted that sometimes he is sad about staying home. Thank you." - Parent of 4-year-old
"[My] girls loved the book! Naomi said when she gets worried, she will tell herself, "Not forever but for now" and that it makes her feel better!" -Parent of an 8-year-old and 5-year-old
"There are so many families needing something like this right now. Well done!!" - Parent of 2.5 and 7-year-old
What the experts are saying...
"Not Forever But For Now is a great resource to help kids 'Name it to Tame it', and not only make sense of the confusion of the pandemic, but to give them a tool to be resilient. When kids can use their minds to remind themselves that the situation and their feelings are not permanent, they can cope better in the moment, and they can get practice learning how powerful their own minds are as they walk through difficult times."
-Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW, Bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, The Yes Brain, and The Power of Showing Up."Wonderful little book for kids to better understand the pandemic and the emotions they may be having. It simply, and in a non-frightening way, talks about fears, wishes, and ways to understand life now. What a beautiful and elegant exploration of what so many of us - adults too! - are experiencing. Thank you, Heather, for using your talents to help all of us through this."
-Mayim Bialik, Ph.D., American Actress, Scientist, and author and bestselling author of Girling Up, Boying up, Beyond the Sling, and Mayim's Vegan Table.
"In such a confusing and anxious time for many young children and families, this wonderfully accessible book provides opportunity to give voice to many complex feelings." -Mike Sherman, Psy.D. - Developmental Psychologist
"This is a pitch-perfect book for preschoolers about the pandemic. Honest but hopeful, it touches on things that are bewildering and scary along with consoling activities that are evergreen... This book gives kids permission to feel all the myriad emotions that the quarantine arouses. And the refrain "not forever but for now" will bring solace to parents and children alike." -Susan North, Parent Educator
"This is a beautiful book to read together with your children during this period of social distancing...It walks the line between mourning the things children are missing and speaking to the simple but profoundly wonderful things that are making up their daily lives now. The refrain is a beautiful mantra for us all." -Melanie Ladygo, RIE(R) Associate and parent educator
From the author...
I wrote this book for the families in our small preschool community, who had voiced concerns about children's upsets and questions during this time. Reading about emotions and concerns with a trusted adult can help children understand that these feelings are okay, helping them to open up and talk more about their own feelings. It can give parents a way to connect with their children, and help create an honest and healthy mindset as they cope with the idea that this is not forever but it is for now. -Heather Malley, Author, Founder of Caterpillar Cottage Preschool and fierce advocate of empathy and active listening.
COVID-19 for Kids
"Grandpa has a very strong will, but his body's weak and often ill..." So begins our story, but the coronavirus has come to town and is spreading fast! What happens when Grandpa's family and friends meet COVID-19 at his grandson's birthday party? How will they all keep him safe?
See how Grandpa's family and friends use social distancing and great hygiene to stay healthy and prevent further spread of the coronavirus, especially to the most vulnerable people in our society.
Using simple rhymes and fun illustrations, help kids understand the facts and what they can do to help fight COVID-19. Answer the most important questions children have:
- What is COVID-19 and why is it such a big deal?
- How can I catch the coronavirus?
- What happens if I get it?
- What can I do to reduce my risk of getting infected?
- What is my role in reducing its spread?
BONUS: Discussion Guide & "In My Own Words" activity!
A portion of profits will be donated to fight COVID-19 globally.
A heartwarming story about loss, healing, and how to be a friend during hard times.
This tender exploration of loss illuminates the sustaining power of kindness, empathy, and friendship. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced hardship or grief, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to the transition to a new home, family situation, or learning environment. It is especially comforting during this time of social distancing and the uncertainty around what the future holds, sensitively demonstrating that we are stronger together.
[Offers] hope that the world can be beautiful place...an excellent purchase. --School Library Journal
Demonstrate[s] the power of patience, listening, and simply showing up. --Kirkus Reviews
Elba has a big block. She's been dragging it around for a long time.
Norris dances everywhere he goes, even uphill. He is always surrounded by a happy cloud of butterflies.
Can Norris and his butterflies help ease Elba's sadness and convince her to join them on a trip to the ocean?
How Can I Help During Covid-19?
"In just a few short months, COVID-19 has drastically altered the world as we know it. With so much unknown about the disease and the virus that causes it, this is a scary and overwhelming time. This series offers caregivers and kids a timely, age-appropriate look at the pandemic and its effects. Colorful photographs and informative captions supplement the text to aid comprehension, while enhanced back matter content includes a 'Good News' feature that highlights an uplifting topic related to the book. Additional features include a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research." --
Ruby Finds a Worry
From the creator of Perfectly Norman comes a sensitive and reassuring story about what to do when a worry won't leave you alone.
Meet Ruby--a happy, curious, imaginative girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry.
It's not such a big Worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger . . . And a little bigger . . . Until eventually, the Worry is ENORMOUS and is all she can think about.
But when Ruby befriends a young boy, she discovers that everyone has worries, and not only that, there's a great way to get rid of them too . . .
This perceptive and poignant story is the perfect springboard for talking to children about emotional intelligence and sharing hidden anxieties.
The Big Bright Feelings picture books provide kid-friendly entry points into emotional intelligence topics--from being true to yourself, to worrying, to anger management, to making friends. These topics can be difficult to talk about. But these books act as sensitive and reassuring springboards for conversations about mental and emotional health, positive self-image, building self-confidence, and managing feelings.
Read all the books in the Big Bright Feelings series!
Ruby Finds a Worry
A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s series about feelings—and why they’re good, even when they feel bad.
Potato is worried. About everything.
Because anything might happen.
When he tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that’s okay too. Still, there’s one thing they can promise for sure: no matter what happens…they will always be by his side.
Heroes of COVID-19
This title gives credit to the incredible people who have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, including hospital workers like doctors and nurses. It also recognizes the unlikely heroes, such as grocery store and convenience store workers, as well as volunteers, teachers, and parents, who are all making sure our communities are cared for and our students are learning. Complete with inviting photos, bolded glossary terms, and more. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids Jumbo is an imprint of Abdo Kids, a division of ABDO.
Staying Safe with Healthy Habits
This title explains what a virus is, what a coronavirus is, and how it spreads. The rest of the title is dedicated to explaining simple ways kids can stay healthy, like eating a nutrient-rich snack, getting lots of sleep, exercising by playing outside, and--of course--washing their hands! Complete with inviting photos and images, bolded glossary terms, and more. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo Kids Jumbo is an imprint of Abdo Kids, a division of ABDO.
The Rabbit Listened
A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small.
When something sad happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that's not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to act, and one by one they fail to offer comfort. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen . . . which is just what Taylor needs.
With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustration, The Rabbit Listened is about how to comfort and heal the people in your life, by taking the time to carefully, lovingly, gently listen.
Who Are the Covid-19 Helpers?
"Looks at front-line workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, such as doctors, nurses, store workers, and delivery people who are all helping in everyday life. Additional features include informative captions, interesting factual sidebars, suggested activities, a phonetic glossary, resources for further research, information about the author, and an index." --
Hello, friends! It is almost time for Thanksgiving and I can’t wait for the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and of course pumpkin pie. As a young child, I couldn’t wait for the big meal, but what I remember most was the time spent with my family. We often would take turns stating what we were most thankful for from that particular year. Most of the time I probably said I was most thankful for my dog, or most thankful for a full tummy. But, the point was we always stopped to embrace the true purpose of this holiday.