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Explaining Coronavirus to Kids

Independent book publisher Nosy Crow and their genius writers Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts have put together the book Coronavirus: A book for children about Covid-19 illustrated by best-selling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, with expert input from consultant Professor Graham Medley. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, many parents and guardians are probably wondering how best to talk to children about the impacts of the virus in a reassuring way and not make kids more worried or anxious than they already may be. A child psychologist Jamie Howard, PhD at the Child Mind Insititute notes, "Kids feel empowered when they know what to do to keep themselves safe."

It's important that we as the adults welcome the questions that children are presenting to us, they probably have so many whizzing around in their little brains. Our goal is to help our children be heard and get fact-based reassuring information, which is what the brilliant book has done!

Coronavirus: A book for children about Covid-19 is available as a free digital book for children, and has been translated into 62 languages, including 3 different sign languages. The book downloaded via the Nosy Crow website and can also be purchased as a print version, with £1 from each copy going to the NHS.

We make sure that all our staff and families know about the book to help them understand what their wonderful care support means to our Residents and why we need to extra care of our elderly at the moment.