Useful Books

Several authors and publishers have released free children's books to help explain about Coronavirus and why we are having to make changes to how we live at the moment. These can be downloaded for free from the links below and may be help answer questions and allay your child's fears.
As we begin our return to school our children are likely to be experiencing many different feelings and emotions and may need some explanations and reassurance. A good starting point are these stories. 
 
The Little Elf and the Flowers of Hope and Bravery is a therapeutic story written by Nottingham Educational Psychology  Department. It has advice on how to use it to help discuss feelings as we move back to school.
 
The Coronavirus Back to School story is written by Debbie Palphreyman of ELSA Support and gives some information about what school will be like and how we may feel as we return.
 
The Back to School Super Heroes also explains what school may look like as we begin our return.
 
I hope these are helpful. 
Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler, has illustrated a free information book that explains coronovirus to primary school children. 
My Hero is You is a beautiful book written and illustrated by Helen Patuck  and explaining to children how they can be a hero by staying indoors, keeping socially distanced and washing their hands.  It was created as a project developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG) and is very reassuring. 
Matilda and Theo is a beautiful little book about things that are lost and found. It's a lovely way to start a conversation with your child about how they are feeling about things they have lost like swimming lessons, parties, holidays and also positives we have found during lockdown such as time to bake together. 
Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus is written by Molly Watts, a staff nurse on the paediatric intensive care unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Molly said she wrote the book because she wanted to provide information that was factual and child-friendly.
Everybody Worries is a lovely rhyming picture book which talks about all sorts of worries, including coronavirus. Its very reassuring and gives some child friendly ideas on what to do if you're feeling worried.
Older children might enjoy Dr Li and the Crown Wearing Virus written by Francesca Cavallo who is co-creator of the popular Goodnight Stories for Rebel girls. This tells the story of Dr Li, the first Doctor in China to suspect there was a problem with this new illness.
This is a free collection of short stories, poems, pictures and extracts about hope from over 100 children's authors. Collected together by Katherine Rundell it is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.
How to NOT go to School - Parsley Mimblewood Saves the World is an amusing short story written by Mike Forde to help the children in his class to cope with school shutdown. He's now teamed up with illustrator Rebecca Sampson to create this free story book for all to share.