Novel Coronavirus and Talking to Our Children

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discussion Tips, Educational Resources, and Fun Ideas (i.e., virtual story times, zoo trips, Harry Potter, and more).

With all the information (correct and incorrect) about COVID-19 our children may have a hard time coping with and understanding what they are hearing.  We can stress to them that we, as parents, are there to protect them and keep them safe, and then we have to send them off to school or daycare, where they listen to other adults and children around them discuss this new virus and they can become confused.  Even scared and anxious.  For more information in helping your children understand what is going on around them, PBS Kids has a wonderful article, written by a parent of younger children and how she and her family are discussing this new virus, entitled How to Talk to Your Kids About CoronavirusNot only is there information on helping your children understand this new virus and what they can do to keep others from getting sick there are links to games, episodes, and more talking about Hygiene and how germs work.

Other links that might be helpful:

Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do -- Kids Health from Neumors

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus -- NPR Goats and Soda (printable & foldable zine for kids)

Coronavirus -- BrainPop (reading, games, videos, and more to help explain and teach children about this new disease)

Coronavirus: A Social Story -- Little Puddins (Great resource for calming fears and anxiety in younger children and those with developmental delays)

This Mom from Italy Wants Americans to Know About COVID-19 and Teens -- Grown and Flown Blog 

A Guide to Sleeping with Coronavirus Anxiety -- Best Sleep Health

School Resources and Survial Guides

Stuck at Home Survival Guide -- WETA Public Television

Free Tools for Online Teaching and Learning During School Closures -- School Library Journal

Scholastic Learn at Home: Free Resources for School Closures -- Scholastic

5 Podcasts on Kids & Tech Use Parents Can Use Now -- School Library Journal Express

Simon Kids Read & Learn -- Simon & Schuster

Udemy Free Resource Center -- Udemy

Comprehensive List of Homeschool Resources --

450 Ivy League Courses for Free --

Harry Potter at Home --

Arts & Culture -- Google

Wide Open School -- Powered by Common Sense

Penguin Watch --

Galaxy Zoo Project --

Five Search Tools That Students Often Overlook -- Free Technology for Teachers

An Amazing Collection of Author/Illustrator Shared Resources -- Kate Messner

At Home with Emily Arrow (children's songwriter) Monday-Friday @ 12 p.m. CST -- Emily Arrow YouTube Channel

Miximal Mondays with Ben Clanton (drawing videos via Instagram) @ 11:30 a.m. CST -- Ben Clanton Instagram

Carson Ellis Art Club via Instagram -- Carson Ellis Instagram or visit Carson Ellis' Webpage

Will Hillenbrand Story time and Draw and Tell Series -- Will Hillenbrand Adobe Spark  (...all you need to do is click on the video link below the book cover of your choosing. You can view any of the videos when you want and as many times as you please)

Oliver Jeffers Reading -- Oliver Jeffers

Draw Every Day with Jarrett J. Krosocka @ 1 p.m. CST -- Jarrett J. Krosocka YouTube Channel

Books, Make Art, Q & A with Greg Pizzoli Live on Instagram @ 10 a.m. Monday-Fridays -- Greg Pizzoli Instagram

Kids Ask Authors podcast with Grace Lin -- Kids Ask Authors ("Want a way to motivate your kids to write? Have them submit their book review, poem, short story or joke to Kids Ask Authors podcast." 3 episodes a week!)

Kate Messner: Ranger in Time Book Club -- Kate Messner 

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems @ 12 p.m. CST Monday - Friday -- Mo Willems YouTube Channel

Debbie Ohi: Where are My Books? Read-a-Loud, Activities, and more -- Debbie Ohi YouTube Channel or visit her at Debbie Ohi's Webpage

Dav Pilkey at Home (New Activities Every Friday) -- Dav Pilkey @ Scholastic Kids

Peter H. Reynolds Facebook LIVE (book read-a-louds) Every Friday @ 11 a.m. CST -- Peter H. Reynolds 

Dan Santat (@dsantat) Instagram Online Survival School for the Pandemic #dandemic -- Dan Santat Instagram

Bob Shea Read-a-Loud of Who Wet My Pants -- Bob Shea YouTube Channel

How I Made It with Philip Stead Children's Illustrator  Vol. 1 In My Garden -- Philip Stead YouTube Channel

Counting Birds with Heidi Stemple (Activity Sheets and Videos) -- Heidi Stemple

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater: Sharing Our Notebooks (for both kids & adults) -- Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

Writing Tips with Kate DiCamillo -- Kate DiCamillo YouTube Channel

Pete the Cat (@petethecatofficial) Virtual Story Time on Instagram Live @ 11 a.m. CST -- Pete the Cat Instagram

Molly Idle (@mollyidle) #HowTuesDraw Something New Every Tuesday on Instagram -- Molly Idle Instagram

HarperKids Story Time Read Alouds on YouTube and Instagram Live (fun, new content is added daily at 11 a.m. CST) -- HarperKids YouTube Channel (HarperKids is a part of Harper Collins Publishing Company)

Learn Remotely with Holiday House -- Holiday House ("Here you can find over 300 educator and reader's guides, event kits, activity sheets, eBooks, and more! Author videos are on their way and we will be adding more resources every day. You can also find read-aloud guidelines at the bottom.")

KidLit TV Read Out Loud -- KidLit TV

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day by Day -- Scholastic

Candlewick Press: My First Book Club: Let's Read Together! -- Candlewick Press (Everything is better together! And group reads are one of the few things we can do TOGETHER while we’re all safely staying apart. To encourage early-grade readers to develop a love of books and bonding, the “My First Book Club” program from Candlewick Press offers a wide selection of book-club picks and related handouts/ activity sheets/ discussion guides to help educators and parents get their littles hooked on books! Join us for a mini, online book club bash as Bunnicula author James Howe reads aloud from his chapter-book Houndsley & Catina and Kate Messner reads aloud from Fergus & Zeke. Tune in for laughs and learning with these endearing early elementary selections! Target grades are K-3 but all are welcome.)

Join the #WONDERreadaloud with RJ Palacio Every Wednesday @ 11 a.m. CST on Twitter Live -- RJ Palacio Twitter

Ideas for Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis --

Infobase Learning Free Access Sites

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World News Digest -- Infobase Learning

Ferguuson's Career Guidance -- Infobase Learning

Today's Science -- Infobase Learning

The World Almanac for Kids -- Infobase Learning

Access Video on Demand -- Infobase Learning