A story for kids about the coronavirus and the people helping during the 2020 pandemic

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Pub Date 03 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 18 Mar 2021

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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:
Facts about Covid-19 virus What kids can do to avoid getting Covid-19

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.

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...

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This title will be available in Spanish!

This title will be available in Spanish!

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this charming nonfiction children's picture book about the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is my honest review of the book.

I LOVED it! This book presents the realities of the pandemic in terms that a child can understand. By focusing on behavior, such as kids not going to school or parks right now, little readers learn they are not alone. They are introduced to the helpers, like doctors, researchers, farmers, truck drivers, and garbage collectors. And yes, even kids can be helpers. Children learn that there is hope, and what to do to prevent the disease from spreading.

Instead of frightening little readers, "COVID-19 Helpers" presents a quiet, informative, honest and hopeful explanation for the changes that are occurring in their little lives due to this disease. The illustrations are fun and engaging. I plan on buying copies for my grand nephew and nieces and the grandchildren of my friends!

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Covid-19 Helpers was such a great read to exposing children to pandemic and ways in which covid spread and how we can combat it. The drawings are great and the storyline was really educative and informative. I would recommend all teachers to share with their students!

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Children’s Book explains COVID-19 to kids
Posted on January 6, 2021by michellelovatosbookreviews, world's first book color commentator
Sad, but true.

We, as a people, are in the middle of a global medical crisis that changed every person on the planet.

That fact all by itself, is mind boggling.

Adults are going crazy, stuck in their homes so long they have rebelled against what doctors say is the best way to combat COVID 19, Novid Coronavirus 2019, and have taken to the streets in protest, open rebellion against the medical society’s wishes.

I admit it. Me too. I’ve done my fair share of leaving the house. I’ve worked most of the time COVID raged in California. I carry a letter from my employer verifying that I have permission to be on the streets.

The whole thing is terrifying and smacks of what Bible believers call ‘the end times.’ I’m not sure if reading George Orwell’s 1984 was a good move afterall. I never thought the world would face this climate.

Here we are. And what do we tell our children?

Beth Bacon and Kary Lee have created a children’s picture book that offers a calming medical perspective on why childrens’ lives around the world were turned upside down, why they no longer go to school, the reading lab or play on the jungle gym. It explains why children cannot go to the grocery store, the science museum or the neighborhood playground without something covering their face, protecting them from potential death each and every day.

This crisis changed the future of an entire generation of children, some who adapted by learning at home, and some, who continue to be neglected and ignored by the authorities in their lives and will grow up void of the vital foundation of an education – elementary, middle or high school.

Though COVID-19 Helpers isn’t the answer to helping this global collection of children – who will by the way, grow up and run our society in two decades, but it does explain to children whose parents care enough to buy this book and read it to them, that what we as a society are experiencing now has a cause, a reason, and those who know how, are working hard to fix it.

COVID-19 Helpers is a good piece of work with an important message. It would be a great title for children of health care and other essential workers. It would be the perfect fit for every school district to buy copies of and distribute to each and every student to read. Some of these parents simply are not going to do it. COIVD-19 Helpers will go down in history as a marker of the invisible killer surrounding the planet, the killer of every nationality, every color and every age without discrimination or discretion.

I applaud Beth Bacon, Kary Lee and Blair Publishing for their efforts.

Blair Publishing is a new, non-profit press that strives to publish quality writing and focus on subjects historically neglected by mainstream publishing houses, according to its website.

Happy are those who respect the Lord and obey him. You will enjoy what you work for, and you will be blessed with good things. Psalm 128: 1-2

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