Although families are spending their time in with digital readings and online activities, this new norm can still be overwhelming and unsettling—especially for kids.
To help children better understand what's going on, Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler released a free digital picture book about the coronavirus that answers pressing Q's little ones might have, like: "Is there a cure?" "How do you get it?" and "What's going to happen next?"
"We were very aware that many parents and carers are struggling to explain the current extraordinary situation to children, many of whom are frightened and confused," the publisher's managing director, Kate Wilson, said in a statement. "We thought that the best thing we could do would be to use our skills to produce a free book to explain and, where possible, reassure children. We asked Axel, whose work is so familiar and so loved, to illustrate it. He was happy to do it, and did it extraordinarily quickly."
The book also incorporates suggestions from Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, two head teachers and a child psychologist.
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