10 Children’s Books About the Pandemic

Weekly Trip to the Library

Tonight, Tuesday, January 12 I will be discussing children’s books with Rebecca Pearcy for the US Nanny Association.

Below is a reference sheet that will be mentioned in the discussion about children’s books that discuss the pandemic.

There are actually dozens of great books discussing everything about the pandemic from why we need to wear masks, why we need to wash our hands, why we have to remain socially distant, why kids can’t see their grandparents and friends, and even how to zoom and go to school virtually. Here are 10 of my favorite:

I Don’t Want to Wash My Hands!

By Tony Ross

This children’s book explains the need to wash hands to prevent the spread of germs. The Little Princess does not want to wash her hands. After all, she’s already washed her hands so many times! She’s washed her hands before eating and after going outside. She’s washed her hands after sneezing and using the potty. Why should she wash her hands anymore? Well, because of germs and nasties, she’s told, which are too small to even see! But if they get inside your body, they can make you ill. Not even a Princess wants to be in bed all day!

When We Stayed Home

By Tara Fass et al

This love the illustrations in this book that follows one boy’s pandemic journey as he navigates staying home and missing friends. It includes fun things kids can do with their family while social distancing at home with family.

Kelly Goes Back to School: More Science on Coronavirus

By Lauren Block, MD MPH and Adam E Block Ph.D

This story helps children navigate the school year amid the pandemic. Key concepts including antibody testing, phased reopening, contact tracing, and preparing for possible disease resurgence. Kelly’s physician mom will prepare and guide Kelly through each new opportunity and challenge. As each of Kelly’s questions are answered with accessible explanation and beautiful illustration, families and children will learn and discuss how to approach the coming months bolstered by evidence, reassurance, and information. 

When the World Stays Inside

By Mikey Woz

This story offers a positive take on social distancing amid the pandemic. This children’s book created during the 2020 pandemic discusses all of the exciting things we can do to pass the time indoors, and teaches us to cherish that special time we spend with the people we love.

If You Can’t Bear Hug, Air Hug: A Book Inspired by Social Distancing

By Katie Sedmak

This adorable children’s story is about social distancing and highlights ways to show love from afar. This uplifting book of rhymes for children that explores the creative ways animals might show affection while socially distancing and delivers a reassuring message of love and resilience.

The Invisible String

By Patrice Karst

This book helps children cope with difficult emotions and anxiety. Parents, educators, therapists, and social workers alike have declared “The Invisible String” the perfect tool for coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief. In this relatable and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that they’re all connected by an invisible string.

Lily and Timmy’s Super, Awesome, Incredible, COVID-19 B-Day!

By Mike Farrell and Jacob Horn

This uplifting children’s book that finds humor and joy in the chaos, less, and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. It takes a light-hearted look at the inconveniences of a pandemic, with relatable and funny scenarios for young readers.

Pandemic Games and Activities

By Daniele Antonioni

This fun book offers scientific experiments and games dedicated to children, in this decidedly “pandemic” period. Each activity has the purpose of entertaining and, at the same time, making people understand the importance of words such as: posture, mask, collaboration. and safety.

We’re Going to be OK

By Ebony Jade Hilton and Leigh-Ann Webb

Two physicians wrote this children’s book. The purpose of this book is to inform and empower children while allowing them to be vulnerable and express their feelings during the pandemic.

Together: Living Life During COVID-19: Living Life During COVID-19

By Kevin Polawski

This book explains ways to get through this tough time when children can’t go to school, visit friends, or see their grandparents. In this book, Olivia is confused why she can’t go to school, visit friends, or see her grandma. She must understand why and figure out the best way to get through this tough time!

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