Pandemic Reading: Books to Help Your Child Navigate A Pandemic

1. The Day the Lines Changed by Kelley Donner, who explains the pandemic without using the word 'pandemic', using lines who change shapes as a metaphor for change that the pandemic brings, reminding us that even if the lines change shape as long as they look out for each other hope remains.
The Day the Lines Changed by Kelly Donner
2. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst which helps children cope with a whole host of difficult emotions from loss, anxiety, separation and grief, the theme being that an invisible string made of love binds us all; and that we are always connected even if we cannot physically see these connections.
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
3. If You Can't Bear Hug, Air Hug by Katie Sedmak, which is a comforting book about alternative ways for children to share love and affection, without taking all the goodness (hugs, cuddles and kisses) that children thrive on away using gorgeous illustrations.
if you can't bear hug air hug by katie sedmak
4. When the World Stays Inside by Mikey Woz and Sara Panchaud - a wonderful examination of savouring the time that we have with the people most precious to us through creativity and positivity.
when the world stays inside by mikey woz
5. Lucy's Mask by Lisa Sirkis Thompson about why we wear masks and how we combat germs - the messages are ingrained in a story plot with a cast of colourful characters.
lucy's mask by lisa sirkis
All of these books provide mental space and capacity for children to learn about Covid-19 in a non-threatening way, allow them to clarify their thoughts and process some of the feeling and emotional overwhelm they may be experiencing.