Children’s Books About Coronavirus

As we are about to enter our 5th week in lockdown in the UK, it’s easy to see the impact that this has on our children. It’s hard for them to understand what is going on in the world. Why they can’t go to school, see their friends and do the things they normally do. I always find when I am trying to teach my children things that books are a great way to explain and show them things. Books have a way of showing children things in a way they can understand. While it’s too soon and too difficult for printed book to be available, there are several ebooks you can get for them that are free or a very nominal cost that will hopefully them get through this difficult time.

Coronavirus A Book for Children

Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Illustrated by Alex Scheffler

Illustrated by the very well loved and well known Alex Scheffler, this book answers a lot of questions about coronavirus in a child-friendly way. The text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist. So it’s a great way to talk to your children about what’s going on.

Available for Free Download here

The Little Corona King

By Ellie Jackson and Laura Callwood

Aimed at primary and pre-school children this is a gentle book that explains the pandemic in for children. Written by a Mum of 4 and teacher and no 1 best selling author. It’s also available in different languages. You can buy the ebook for just 49p.

Ebook on Google books

Ebook on Apple books

Dave the Dog is Worried About Coronavirus

A Nurse Dotty Book by Molly Watts

Penned by a Southampton nurse, the story is aimed to answer questions for children who don’t understand what is going on around them at the moment. Molly wants the book to be shared far and wide to help children. She is also happy for it to be read aloud and shared, so do download it and go forth and share.

Available for Free Download Here

For The Gruffalo Fans

For fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (who isn’t) whey have created some illustrations from some of the nation’s favourite children’s books about coronavirus too. With scenes from The Gruffalo, Stickman, Room on the Broom, Tabby McTat and The Highway Rat. All about social distancing and staying home.

You can see them all on the Book Trust’s website.

I hope these books help you talk to your children about what’s going on. I will add to this list if I come across anymore.

Children's Books About Coronavirus. A selection of books written about the Coronavirus pandemic to help children understand what it going on around them.

6 thoughts on “Children’s Books About Coronavirus”

  1. I heard about the little corona king on the radio, gave me the idea to promote my children’s activities and crafts e book on the radio, which I now have #kltr@_karendennis

  2. This book saved us. I kept trying to explain to my daughter about Coronavirus and why we cannot go school but I failed. Once we discovered this book, things turned and I can talk to my little one like I talk to an adult 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing these, my 4 year old has no understanding of what’s happening so I think these books could help him, he’s so sad about not being to go to the places he normally does ? #kltr


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