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.
About the Author
When Beth Bacon was young, she loved to read. Now she loves to write. Her other books include I Hate Reading, The Worst Book Ever, The Book No One Wants To Read and Blank Space. She earned an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also has a degree in communications from NYU and a degree in literature from Harvard. She and her husband have two sons, a cat, and lately, lots of foreign exchange students. VISIT HER WEB SITE at https: //bethbaconauthor.com/ As a kid, if Kary Lee wasn't in her backyard painting or tapping at the typewriter, she was most likely directing (bossing around) the neighborhood kids in one of her screenplays. After college, she landed a job as an art director because she liked the bossy part. She took a painting class and won a book illustration award. Five books and a Mom's Choice award later, she's never looked back. Kary lives in Seattle with her husband Charles and a backyard bunny. VISIT HER WEB SITE at https: //karyleestudios.com/ Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) brings together diverse disciplines to tackle global health issues. In 2020, Covid-19 began spreading around the United States. Inspired by his grandchildrens' questions about the pandemic, Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, the Director of EGHI and Vice President for Global Health at Emory University, believed children's books could provide answers. So EGHI held an ebook competition. 260 stories were submitted. Covid-19 Helpers is the winning book.