This is a resource list to help families and caregivers answer their children’s questions about the coronavirus and navigate through the crisis.
How to Talk to Your Child About Coronavirus and COVID-19 - St. Jude Hospital
Discussion topics, advice, and resources to help parents and caregivers answer children’s questions about the virus.
Tips for Families: Coronavirus - Zero to Three
Tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus - PBS Kids for Parents
Easy, helpful tools to practice healthy habits with children.
Wash Your Hands - CDC
A short child-friendly video about proper handwashing techniques, demonstrated by a child.
Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children – CDC
Tips to protect children during a COVID-19 outbreak. Also available in Spanish (Español), Chinese (简体中), Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt), and Korean (한국인).
Below are some books children can read to learn more about the current pandemic and ways they can cope with stress and uncertainty. For a more complete list, please click for the printable or online lists.
The Breaking News by Reul, Sara Lynne
When bad news breaks on TV, a worried girl determines to help but soon realizes she can’t change the situation. However, she realizes that she can perform small acts of caring in her neighborhood.
Ruby Finds a Worry by Percival, Tom
A young girl’s sense of adventure and exploration vanishes when she discovers a Worry that grows and grows until she learns how to get rid of it
I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Verde, Susan
A child starts to get carried away with worry and rushing thoughts before taking a breath, steadying, observing thoughts, feeling kindness, feeling thankful, and experiencing the world.
After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Santat, Dan
After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.
Caillou – Everything Will Be Fine: A Story About Viruses by L’Heureux, Christine
Caillou is at day care with his friends, when their caregiver tells them something very important: a new sickness is going around. Caillou learns that adapting to a new daily routine can be challenging but discovers that he can still have fun!
Plagues :The Microscopic Battlefield by Koch, Falynn
In gloriously gross detail, you’ll meet dangerous microscopic invaders like protozoa, fungi, viruses, and foreign bacteria - then see how our bodies work to fight back and defend us against future infections.
Diseases by Twiddy, Robin
Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gob-smacked!
The COVID-19 Virus by Hansen, Grace
Explains the many new terms kids are hearing, like virus, coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19. It also explains the difference between a virus and the illness it causes, as well as how viruses spread, and how to stay healthy!