A story for kids about the coronavirus and the people helping during the 2020 pandemic
Published by: Blair
Winner of the 2020 Emory Global Health Institute Competition.
Here’s a book that provides children honest yet positive information about Coronavirus (Covid-19). COVID-19 HELPERS gives kids the facts of the pandemic, but also offers hope. Mr. Rogers said that when things get scary, “Look for the helpers.” Likewise, this story reassures children and parents that many people from all walks of life—including kids themselves—are helping to fight the virus. In COVID-19 HELPERS, Kary Lee’s beautiful illustrations and Beth Bacon’s clear, comforting words help children understand that though they may feel isolated in these times, they are not alone.
In fact, by staying at home during the quarantine, kids are playing an important role in helping to reduce the coronavirus infection rate. This book helps parents, teachers, and librarians discuss many issues of the global pandemic, including:
- School closures, park closures, theater closures due to quarantine or shelter-in-place policies
- Social distancing
- Wearing masks during the pandemic
- Feelings of helplessness, isolation, and boredom caused by social distancing policies
- Medical research to end the pandemic
- Cancelled sporting events, cancelled birthday parties
Plus extra pages explaining:
Even during the global pandemic, communities everywhere have many helpers fighting this new disease, including doctors, nurses, researchers, scientists, farmers, truck drivers, garbage collectors, shopkeepers, postal workers, government leaders, reporters, and even kids living in shelter-in-place quarantines.
This book is also available in a Spanish language edition. It was selected by the Emory Global health Institute as the winner of an international competition for a children’s book coping about COVID from over 250 entries.
"COVID-19 Helpers is a definite must-have and must-read for the people who are struggling during this crisis.
The book is very useful and helpful for parents, teachers, and librarians who seek to discuss the many issues of a global pandemic. Children will be able to understand why school closures, park closures, and theater closures are vital in keeping the community safe and healthy.
The illustrated book also tackles social distancing guidelines and the importance of wearing a face mask or covering during the pandemic. Bacon and Lee also offer insight and a solution to the feeling of helplessness, isolation, and boredom caused by restrictive shelter-in-place policies.
The COVID-19 Helpers covers all bases and features the latest medical research that discusses the steps that people should take to see the end of the pandemic. It also talks about the various sporting events that have been moved or cancelled as well as birthday party celebrations that have been postponed.
The book ends with facts every child and adult should know about the global health threat and what young kids can do to avoid contracting the virus. Best of all, it highlights the efforts communities, medical workers, farmers, shopkeepers, and other front liners everywhere are doing during the coronavirus lockdown." —Danielle Ong, Latin Post
"Kid-friendly text pairs with playful illustrations to gently inform and reassure children experiencing activity restriction due to COVID-19. A reassuring, child-friendly explanation of COVID-19 and the many ways people, including kids, are helping to keep us all safe."—Laurie Thompson, author of Be A Changemaker
"In times of crisis, children may feel helpless. They feel as if they have no power to effect change. Covid-19 Helpers shows kids that they can be part of the solution." —Laurie Wallmark, author of Numbers in Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics
"Kids and those who love them will feel their hearts give a proud and hopeful thump thump thump as they read about these Covid-19 helpers—including kids, themselves." —Jane Kurtz, author of Planet Jupiter
“Informative and sensitive book about caring for ourselves and the world in a global pandemic era.” —Suma Subrahamian, contributing author of The Hero Next Door