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Coronavirus - A Book for Children

Written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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LoveReading View on Coronavirus - A Book for Children

A vitally useful book explaining the current situation in a simple format for children

With expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

With consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as the adviser on this book you can use it in confidence that the information is relevant and correct.  


The idea behind the book was the brainchild of the publisher Nosy Crow - to make something freely available to help children understand the current situation and to try to ease some of their concerns.  No-one has received any fees for this book.  Plus, using such a well-known illustrator as Axel Scheffler (recognised worldwide for the Gruffalo illustrations) makes the whole thing feel recognisable and familiar. 


The book takes us through explaining what a virus is and how you might catch it – and what happens if you do catch it.  A fascinating fact gleaned on the way is that there are more different antibodies inside us now than the number of people in the world!  Everything is explained in simple terms so that young children can understand the way antibodies react to virus incursions. 


The book goes on to explain why we need to take care, why a vaccine may take some considerable time to develop and why so many things are closed at the moment. It also tackles the issues of being at home all the time, lack of fun and activities – and how to share and how to talk to your grown up about worries.  Talking about ways to help is a very useful way forward – and also being kind to those you live with.  


The book finishes on the very positive statement that ‘one day this strange time will be over – we did it together’ a vital message of hope.  There are also sections of information for children as well as for the parents, guardians and carers. 


It was a brilliant idea to create this – and a very generous act to make it available free of charge – excellent call Nosy Crow!

Tricia Adams

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Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow, said:  “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. 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. Meanwhile, having heard Professor Medley interviewed by the BBC, we looked him up and wrote to him, and despite his huge workload, he reviewed the book over a weekend, and we were able to incorporate his suggestions, together with those of two head teachers and a child psychologist, into the final version of the book. We hope it helps answer difficult questions in difficult times.”

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, said:  “I asked myself what I could do as an children’s illustrator to inform, as well as entertain, my readers here and abroad. So I was glad when my publisher, Nosy Crow, asked me to illustrate this question-and-answer book about the coronavirus. I think it is extremely important for children and families to have access to good and reliable information in this unprecedented crisis, and I hope that the popularity of the books I’ve done with Julia Donaldson will ensure that this digital book will reach many children who are now slightly older, but might still remember our picture books.”

Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said:   “This pandemic is changing children’s lives across the globe and will have a lasting impact on us all. Helping children understand what is going on is an important step in helping them cope and making them part of the story – this is something that we are all going through, not something being done to them. This book puts children IN the picture rather just watching it happen, and in a way that makes the scary parts easier to cope with.”

Coronavirus - A Book for Children Synopsis

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.


The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:


• What is the coronavirus?

• How do you catch the coronavirus?

• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?

• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?

• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?

• Why are some places we normally go to closed?

• What can I do to help?

• What’s going to happen next?

Nosy Crow want to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, they have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful:

Coronavirus - A Book for Children Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Personally, I believe that this book will help anyone who is concerned about the Coronavirus and will comfort many people, helping to reduce any worry or distress. I recommend this book to children of all ages and hope that viewers can feel more safe and happier during these difficult times.
By Kajal Patel

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this book is boring and i dislike it so much i HAD TO LEAVE IT A PAGE O N E so yeah try and make it morwe about what you can to help people and show them how we can stop the spread and maybe say a few examples of what to do while lock down is still continuing.

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I think this is a great book now my son know what the Coronavirus is but when I explained it to him he had no idea

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Samandcatlover2007 (Age 12)

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ISBN: 9781839941467
Publication date: 06/04/2020
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839941467
Publication date: 6th April 2020
Author: Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Ebook
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Non-Fiction, Reference Books, Science
Other Categories: Free Books for 3+ readers, Free Books for 5+ readers, Free Books for 7+ readers, Free Books for 9+ readers

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