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Coronavirus: A Book for Children about Covid-19

Written by Kate (Managing Director) Wilson, Nia (Head of Design) Roberts, Elizabeth Jenner

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Early Years Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 General Non-Fiction Reference Books Science

LoveReading View on Coronavirus: A Book for Children about Covid-19

A vitally useful book explaining the current situation in a simple format for children

With consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as the adviser on this book you can use it in confidence that the information is relevant and correct.  

The idea behind the book was the brainchild of the publisher Nosy Crow - to make something freely available to help children understand the current situation and to try to ease some of their concerns.  No-one has received any fees for this book.  Plus, using such a well-known illustrator as Axel Scheffler (recognised worldwide for the Gruffalo illustrations) makes the whole thing feel recognisable and familiar. 

The book takes us through explaining what a virus is and how you might catch it – and what happens if you do catch it.  A fascinating fact gleaned on the way is that there are more different antibodies inside us now than the number of people in the world!  Everything is explained in simple terms so that young children can understand the way antibodies react to virus incursions. 

The book goes on to explain why we need to take care, why a vaccine may take some considerable time to develop and why so many things are closed at the moment. It also tackles the issues of being at home all the time, lack of fun and activities – and how to share and how to talk to your grown up about worries.  Talking about ways to help is a very useful way forward – and also being kind to those you live with.  

The book finishes on the very positive statement that ‘one day this strange time will be over – we did it together’ a vital message of hope.  There are also sections of information for children as well as for the parents, guardians and carers. 

It was a brilliant idea to create this – and a very generous act to make it available free of charge – excellent call Nosy Crow!

Tricia Adams

Coronavirus: A Book for Children about Covid-19 Synopsis

What is coronavirus, and why is everyone talking about it?

Engagingly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book, now available for the first time in print paperback, helps answer these questions and many more. Fully updated, it provides clear explanations about COVID-19 and its effects - both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family's day-to-day life.

With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing. GBP1 from the sale of every book will be donated to NHS Charities Together.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839942518
Publication date: 23rd July 2020
Author: Kate (Managing Director) Wilson, Nia (Head of Design) Roberts, Elizabeth Jenner
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 24 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: General Non-Fiction, Reference Books, Science

About Kate (Managing Director) Wilson, Nia (Head of Design) Roberts, Elizabeth Jenner

Axel is best known for his partnership with Julia Donaldson, on books including Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo. For Nosy Crow, Axel has illustrated a number of other highly successful titles, including the Pip and Posy series, The Grunts and the bestselling Flip Flap series. Axel lives in London with his partner and young daughter.

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