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COVID-19 has turned children’s lives upside down. Staying at home can be lonely and stressful; kids miss school, their friends, their after-school activities, and their daily routines. It’s easy to see why this global pandemic is likely to create strong emotions in kids of all ages.

During tough times like this, reading aloud to kids is a powerful way to help them understand and process how they feel. Reading a carefully chosen book can spark helpful conversations about emotions, and encourage kids to feel comfortable expressing their feelings.

Reading aloud is sure-fire way to help kids understand that they are not alone, and that other people may feel the same way they do. 

Here is a collection of links to books written to help children understand and cope with COVID-19 and the emotionally charged changes it brought into their lives.

Free Books

Has Anyone Seen Normal? A Coronavirus Tale by Lacey and Ace Stryker (free download)

Various excellently written Covid-19 “social stories” for children, available for free download at These are top-quality, gently expository books that are appropriate for any child ages 2-10.

Why We Stay Home, Suzie Learns About Coronavirus by Samantha Harris and Devon Scott (free download, scroll until you come to this book)

Everybody Worries A Picture Book for Children Who Are Worried About Coronavirus by Jon Burgerman (free access via Oxford OWL)

Corona Virus A Book for Children by by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts (download for free at link). Also available for purchase at Amazon.

Covid-19 Helpers by Beth Bacon and Kary Lee (available for free download from Emory University, via link)

Bray Bray Conquers the Coronavirus by Ashley Maxie-Moreman and Joanah Whitely (available for free download from Emory University, via link)

Together Living Life During COVID-19 by Kevin Poplawski and Michael Rausch (available for free download from Emory University, via link)

We’re Going to Be Okay Staying Safe, Healthy and Optimistic During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Ashleigh Corrin Webb, Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton and Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb (available for free download from Emory University, via link)

What Color is Today? by Alison Stephen (available for free download from Emory University, via link)

Various free e-books about Coronavirus/COVID-19 (available for free download from the New York School Library System, via link)

Books to Purchase

Where Did Everybody Go? A Book About Staying at Home by Iain S. Thomas 

Why Is Everyone Wearing a Mask? / Por Que Todo Mundo Está Usando Máscara? A Bilingual Book in English & Portuguese by Debbie Qiu 

Lucy’s Mask by Lisa Sirkis Thompson 

Upside Down and All Around: A Book for Kids About Covid-19 by Brit Jacoby 

A Little Red Monster In Quarantine by Ramses Sanguino 

The Day the Lines Changed: An Inspiring Story about a Line, a Pandemic, and How Change Shapes us All by Kelley Donner 

What’s All the Commotion?: A Book about Social Distancing by Jessie Glenn 

I Miss My Teacher by Lisa Thompson 

What is Social Distancing? A Children’s Guide & Activity Book by Lindsey Coker Luckey 

Uncertain Times: A Story for Kids during a Pandemic by Jaime Henle 

Momma, Can I Sleep with You Tonight? Helping Children Cope with the Impact of COVID-19 by Jenny Delacruz

A Little SPOT Stays Home: A Story About Viruses And Safe Distancing by Diane Alber 

The Day My Kids Stayed Home: Explaining COVID-19 and the Corona Virus to Your Kids by Adam M. Wallace 

Billie and the Brilliant Bubble: Social Distancing for Children by Tara Travieso 

Why Did the Whole World Stop? Talking With Kids About COVID-19 by Heather Black 

You’re Not Alone: A story about the Covid-19 pandemic through the eyes of a child by Heidi B Nelson 

Wash Your Hands by Kitty Lee 

I Love You When You’re Close and When You’re Far Away by Benjamin Lindquist MDJena Holliday, et al 

Captain Quarantine: A Child’s Guide to Understanding COVID-19 by Lyn Ashley Gildar and Linda Eller 

Anna and the Germ that Came to Visit by Christianne Klein and Helene Van Sant-Klein

Don’t Stand So Close to Me (for young teens) by Eric Walters

The Sewing Lesson by Deana Sobel Lederman

Noah Henry A Rainbow Story by Deana Sobel Lederman

Do you have resources to add to this collection? Post your recommendations in the comments section!


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