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Teachers launch a free ebook to help children cope with the pandemic

My Hero is You, storybook for kids.

The Lego Foundation has supported a new ebook written by award-winning teachers to help give children hope during the pandemic. Image: IASC

Charlotte Edmond
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  • Lego Foundation supports ebook written by teachers to help children during COVID.
  • Publisher Nosy Crow releasesfree resource answering kids’ most common coronavirus questions.
  • Humanitarian organizations join forces to publish book on how children can help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The emotional wellbeing of children is a concern for parents at any time, but with schools around the world closed to halt the spread of coronavirus, many young people are feeling the strain.

Award-winning teachers Armand Doucet and Elisa Guerra have co-authored a book to help guide and support children. The book tells the stories of six children around the world, and how they deal with the challenges.

“The book aims to portray the voices of children and their particular stories during the pandemic,” says Guerra. “It showcases how we face different problems amidst the pandemic and how human connection brings us closer to finding hope.”

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Hope, where are you?
“We are hoping that teachers can use this book to help have those difficult discussions,” says co-author Armand Doucet. Image: Hope, where are you?

The book has been translated into around 30 languages and is available as a free ebook.


Alongside it, the Lego Foundation has developed six play-based learning activities to support parents and carers during lockdown. Linked to the characters in the book, the activities are designed to help children develop their creative, cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills.

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The book is just one of a number released recently with the aim of supporting children in these strange times.

Illustrator Axel Scheffler helped produce a free digital book for primary school children. Questions about the virus are answered in a child-friendly way. It’s published by Nosy Crow and draws on advice from Professor Graham Medley from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as head teachers and a child psychologist.

Coronavirus - a book for children.
The Gruffalo illustrator is helping children understand the virus better. Image: Nosy Crow

Meanwhile, a group of more than 50 humanitarian bodies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the International Federation of Red Cross, and Save the Children, have also collaborated on a book.

My Hero is You.
How kids can fight COVID-19. Image: Inter-Agency Standing Committee

Fantasy creature Ario helps explain how children can protect themselves, and their friends and family, from the disease. Called My Hero is You, How Kids Can Fight COVID-19!, the book is aimed primarily at six to 11 year olds.

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