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The Lake Forest Children’s library curated a resource guide for parents and caregivers to help children stay healthy and feel supported, and to talk with others about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Find fun comics to read, guidelines on talking to kids, and more below. Feel free to reach out to the Children’s library with any questions via or 847.234.0648.


Comics and Graphic Novels on Covid-19

Free comics and coloring pages on COVID-19 can be found at Comics for Good.

The CDC created a free downloadable graphic novel named “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” to younger readers understand the importance of being ready for an emergency.

NPR’s A Kids' Guide to Staying Safe from the Coronavirus may answer many questions about the Covid-19 virus and pandemic. It is based on interviews between Cory Turner, NPR Correspondent and Senior Editor, and several health and social services experts from around the country in the format of a comic, which is printable.  

Coronavirus: A book for children by Elizabeth Jenner et. al., illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is a short, illustrated eBook created by experts and made available for free to help children learn about and process Covid-19. It is fun to read and accessible.


Guidelines for Parents and Caregivers

The CDC Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs was recently updated. This guide includes information and methods for schools, parents, and caregivers to support children, talk about the virus, and keep everyone healthy.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus by PBS KIDS for Parents might be helpful in starting a conversation about Covid-19 and the pandemic, especially for young children.

Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from Covid-19 from The National Association of School Psychologists is a guide for parents and caregivers to help navigate through the pandemic, identify methods and opportunities to discuss Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines, and assist children with mindfulness, processing information about the pandemic, and positivity.


Resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs

Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) has created the Coronavirus Social Story, a short visual guide for individuals with autism on how to stay healthy. Viewable in five languages and as either a cartoon on one page or as slides.