How to explain Covid to younger children without scaring them?
How can we talking about the coronavirus with our youngest children, to make them understand that prevention measures are important?
Huge restrictions have been imposed on our children over the past year, nullifying what until recently seemed unbearable freedoms.
Today, one year later, everything seems to be back to square one.
How can we deal with the discussion with the little ones?
How can we explain Covid to children that last year they were too young to understand, but that today they find themselves catapulted into a world where even hugging a friend can become dangerous?
How to prevent this from frightening them more than their older siblings have already?
The best books to explain Covid to young children
As with any other topic, shared reading can be of enormous help.
I had already talked in another post about the importance of reading in the mechanism of emotion processing by children, if you are interested.
Today we talk instead of what some books can be a very valuable tool for explain Covid to young children without creating harmful fears or amplifying pre-existing ones. The links contain affiliations.
Book by Eva Giusti and Camilla Bellabarba, illustrated by Federica Nurchi, independent publication.
Between Covid books for 2-year-olds, this is my favorite.
THE lyrics are very delicate and easy to understand, the illustrations are beautiful as well as funny and funny.
The peculiarity of this publication, compared to others books on Covid that I got to see, is that the protagonist of the story is just a little “virus pallet“.
The coronavirus in person explains to us what is happening in the world, in a serene way and with particular regard to the issues of diversity and the importance of collaboration with each other to overcome difficulties.
The child is guided along a path in which the virus is not presented as an evil creature, but as a natural phenomenon that is explained and addressed.
For the little ones it is the best choice ever, as far as I’m concerned.
You can buy it directly on Amazon, at the price of 6.76 euros.
I know you mask
Book by Ilaria Capua, published by La Coccinella.
Ilaria Capua is a specialized veterinarian and a university teacher who has been able to become an ambassador of her knowledge in the world.
In fact, since 2016 directs the University of Florida One Health Center of Excellence, which promotes the advancement of health as an integrated system through interdisciplinary approaches.
What does it mean?
It means that this amazing scientist was among the first enlightened minds to hypothesize that there is a close connection between human and animal health due to the tendency of some animal viruses to transmit to the human species.
She developed DIVA, the first avian flu vaccination strategy that can determine whether the presence of antibodies in a person is due to the vaccine or disease infection. Strategy that, today, is recommended by all international organizations for the care of avian on a global scale.
If you have to explain to your children what Covid is, a publication by Ilaria Capua is absolutely essential.
With this book, children learn what a virus is and how to deal with it by means of an extremely scientific and at the same time absolutely simple story, understandable even for the little ones.
The virus is treated as a natural phenomenon and children learn not to be afraid of it.
You can buy it on Amazon at the price of 13.20 euros.
The Laila and Covid book series: Laila and the coronavirus
Books by Nicole Vascotto for Scienza Express
Those about Laila are beautiful comics born by chance during the lockdown from the pen of Nicole Vascotto.
The first volume, Laila and the Coronavirus, saw the light in March of 2020 when the lockdown terrified millions of people around the world.
Laila is a 5-year-old girl who in a series of beautiful comic strips explains to her peers what the virus is and how it should be faced and fought.
The language is very simple but extremely precise from a scientific point of view.
You can buy it on Amazon at the price of 7.12 euros.
Laila, the mask and the coronavirus: let’s go back to school!
The sequel, on the other hand, shows children which are the important rules to defeat the virus, especially with a view to returning to school.
How to wear the mask, how to wash and sanitize your hands and above all: what is a tampon? how is it done? Will it hurt or is it a painless exam?
It is a book that helps children to familiarize themselves with the procedures for containing the contagion and that helps them to live them in serenity and with absolute normality, without trauma.
Recommended from 4 years.
You can buy it on Amazon at the price of 7.12 euros.
Books to explain Covid to children: what about our pets?
It is undeniable that epidemiological containment measures have also heavily influenced the pet management, radically changing the relationship between the latter and our children.
Those used to taking their dog for a walk on long walks have been forced for months, and in the red areas it still is now, to interrupt this precious and healthy habit. In many cases this has led to the lack of even the last bastion of physical training for our children.
The psychological outcomes of the pandemic were therefore also seen from this point of view.
For this reason MSD Animal Health Italia, a world leader in animal health care, and the City of Segrate sponsored the publication of an extraordinary book.
He will go back to running
Book by Chiara Profeti and Fabio Pavanini, published by Albe Edizioni.
The protagonist of the comic is a dog, Aria, who suddenly sees all her habits changed: hers, as a small family dog, and those of the adults who take care of her.
Claire, his mistress, will end up seriously ill in the hospital.
In this comic, Aria is the spokesperson for the needs of all family animals but, more generally, of all the weakest and most fragile subjects (elderly, disabled, children) who in this pandemic have paid a very high price for their deemed “irrelevance” in within certain aspects of social life.
It’s a book full of food for thought, which I highly recommend for children who own a pet.
To think together of the great sacrifices that some have had to bear, much more than others.
You can buy it on Amazon at the price of 10.00 EUR.
These were all my buying tips best books to explain Covid to children.
Have you read any? Or do you know others that we could recommend to those who read us? Tell us in the comments!