Resources for Kids About the Coronavirus

Submitted by Tim Reif on Thu, 05/07/2020 - 9:00 PM
Pair of hands washing with soap under a sink faucet.

Everyone is challenged to understand and cope with the new reality brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. Even young children. Below are a sampling of resources that have been developed for children that parents and caregivers can use to explain the pandemic, how to stay safe, and deal with the feelings of anxiety that result.

Be sure to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) for the most up-to-the-minute and accurate state of the evolving pandemic.

For Younger Children

Hand with four cartoon germs on it.

Teaching Our World: the Coronavirus

Articles, interviews, videos, printables, and games for hard-to-teach topics including the Coronavirus and germ safety, chosen by the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines. Different resources for PreK-3rd Grade, 4th - 5th Grade, and 6th - 12th Grade.

Cartoon girl washing hands in sink.

BrainPOP: Coronavirus

Videos, games and activities provide a basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.

Cartoon figures of people showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Social Narrative

Printable social story to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be feeling. Spanish and Hindi translation available. From "Little Puddins - The Autism Educator"

On the News: Our First Talk About Tragedy - cover of eBook by Dr. Jillian Roberts

On the News: Our First Talk About Tragedy

Downloadable, free, eBook (12MB ePub) from Dr. Jillian Roberts gently introducing young children to the realities of natural disasters, terrorism and other forms of tragedy, the feelings it may create and how to manage those feelings.

screenshot of 3D model of the Coronavirus from Gale Interactive
Image: Gale Interactive resource on the Coronavirus

For Older Students

Library vendor, Gale, has these academic resources (aimed at High School readers) for gaining a broader understanding and context of coronavirus, coronavirus infections, COVID-19, and more:

Father showing children how to wash hands in sink.

For Parents

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We'll update this list with more resources in the coming weeks.  Do you have a favorite resource for helping kids cope with the coronavirus? Share it with us in the comments below!

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