Regular readers may know I have two small girls, Littlefae who has just turned 7 and Tinyfae who will turn 4 at the end of May and like many parents right now its difficult to know exactly how much and how little to tell them about the Coronavirus or to be more precise the Covid-19 variant.
Whilst Tinyfae thinks we’re just spending more time in the house, sneezing or coughing with ‘Dracula capes’ (holding our arms up and hiding our face into our elbow pit) and washing our hands more, Littlefae is smart as a whip and listens; she understands that there is a virus, it is making people very poorly and by staying in and being hygienic we are protecting ourselves and vulnerable people, but I know its hard to put it into simple enough language without overwhelming, frightening nor patronising.
Usually, I would have turned to books, but this has been such a huge and rapidly developing event on a worldwide scale without comparable precedence in living memory, we have some books about hygiene and How we catch coughs and colds which have been useful, but not about this virus that has us confined to our homes and has changed daily life around the globe.
Nosy Crow has stepped in with a free ebook written by the team and designed for children aged 5-9ish to gently but effectively explain the situation with the expert support of Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a consultant, and advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book explains what the coronavirus is; how one catches it; why people are worried and thus why things are changing, places closing; and what we can do to protect ourselves and others all in simple language that primary aged school children can understand with gently reassuring illustrations by the brilliant Axel Scheffler.
It is gentle, it’s factual and it is incredibly reassuring. It reinforces good personal hygiene practices and it is gently positive about being kind to each other and respecting the rules to help protect each other.
This book is a hopeful and empowering resource to help children make sense of the situation and how to cope through this time, with the positive ending that there will be a time when the rules are relaxed but thankfully without the empty promise of a timeframe.
Nosy Crow wants to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it.
Here is a link to download the Ebook which is free for anyone to download in order to read on screen or print out.
Please note, as it says at the back of the book, they would like to suggest if you find the book useful that families who can, make a donation to help our health service: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/.
Whilst I’m sharing this in the spirit of disseminating knowledge, I personally want to thank the team at Nosy Crow, Alex Scheffler, Professor Medley and the other contributors for creating a resource like this, so quickly in these challenging times. 💜