Parents need all kinds of resources to raise their children. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an entirely new set of challenges for parents and kids alike. Disruption of schooling and work, isolation from friends and family, and necessary hygiene and social distancing measures have changed the way we live, play, gather, and travel.
Magination Press created its Build Your Library Collection to provide resources to families as their children head back to school. These books address the specific challenges posed by the pandemic.
If you need to help a young child understand the pandemic, read A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus by Rebecca Growe MSW, LCSW, and Julia Martin Burch PhD. This free picture book explains the virus, how it spreads, and what kids can do to help keep themselves and others safe. It also has a Note to Parents and Caregivers offering strategies to help children navigate anxiety they may feel about the pandemic. Download your free print copy, here, and here’s the Kindle version. It’s also available in Spanish and in Portuguese. Here’s the Spanish Kindle version, too. The Portuguese Kindle version is on the way.
If your tween or teen is feeling the strain of distance learning, separation from friends and family, and cancellation of sports, arts, and other activities, Unstuck! 10 Things to Do to Stay Safe and Sane During the Pandemic by Bonnie Zucker, PsyD, can help. This activity book has journal prompts and activities designed to help older kids manage stress and anxiety, cultivate gratitude and creativity, and express their emotions. Download a free print copy here. Here’s the Kindle version. A Spanish version is in the works.
If you or your child are working on building resilience, The Hugging Tree by Jill Neimark, is a wonderful choice. From March to May 2020, people around the world shared this beautiful picture book about a little tree growing in very harsh conditions because of its message of kindness, compassion, and resilience. Read Ms. Neimark’s article about the internet read-aloud phenomenon.
Your child and your family may be experiencing new stresses and anxieties as a result of the pandemic. Magination Press has titles about stress, anxiety, and mindfulness that can help. Since mid-March, Magination Press Family has posted frequent articles about how to support your child in this challenging time, featuring appropriate books.
- Managing Sibling Conflict
- Fostering Resilience
- Fostering Mindfulness
- Writing and Doodling to Express Emotions
- Exploring Feelings with Mindfulness
- Building Life Skills During the Pandemic
- Explore Emotions and Relationships with The Find Out Files
- Increase Optimistic Thinking at Home or at School with Evidence-based Curriculum
- COVID-19 Self-Care: Get Moving
- Tips to Help Your Socially Anxious Child Stay Engaged During COVID-19
- Kids Feeling Stressed? Help Them Learn Self-Care Skills
To help you build your family library, through October 31, 2020, get 25% off your purchase and free shipping when you order books directly from Magination Press through apa.org. Purchase books here and use code FF25 at checkout.
Sharing books and talking with your children can help your family manage the impact of the pandemic. If your child is having persistent anxiety, sadness, irritability, or having other symptoms of stress (e.g., change of behaviors; sleep or appetite changes), it’s time to consider seeking professional help to help your child to navigate through this difficult time. Even though we are necessarily physically distant, help is still available. Here’s a link to help you locate a psychologist.
Related Books from Magination Press
A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus
Kids have a lot of questions about the coronavirus pandemic and all the new changes in their lives.
This colorful picture book gives them the answers they’ve been looking for, explaining what the virus is, how it spreads, and what they can do to help, in gentle and simple language that even the youngest kids can follow.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers offers strategies for helping your kids navigate anxiety they might be feeling around the pandemic.
Download a free pdf here.
Unstuck! 10 Things to Do to Stay Safe and Sane During the Pandemic
In this stressful time, there are losses, uncertainties, and changes, all which can create a lot of feelings. Feelings are never right or wrong, they just are, and expressing your feelings can help.
This activity book includes journal prompts and activities to help tweens and teens manage stress and anxiety, express emotions, and cultivate creativity and gratitude.
Includes a Note to Readers with more information about healthy coping.
Download your free copy of Unstuck! here.
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
The Hugging Tree tells the story of a little tree growing all alone on a cliff, by a vast and mighty sea. Through thundering storms and the cold of winter, the tree holds fast. Sustained by the natural world and the kindness and compassion of one little boy, eventually the tree grows until it can hold and shelter others.
The resilience of the Hugging Tree calls to mind the potential in all of us: to thrive, despite times of struggle and difficulty. To nurture the little spark of hope and resolve. To dream and to grow, just where we are.
A Note to Parents and Caregivers by Elizabeth McCallum, PhD, provides more information about resilience, and guidelines for building resilience in children.