Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 15 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781839944567
Size: 270 x 245 mm
Length: 32 pages

Coronavirus and Covid: A book for children about the pandemic


What is coronavirus, and why is everyone talking about it?

Engagingly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, this approachable and timely book, now available for the first time in print paperback, helps answer these questions and many more. Fully updated, it provides clear explanations about COVID-19 and its effects – both from a health perspective and the impact it has on a family’s day-to-day life.

With input from expert consultant Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as well as advice from teachers and child psychologists, this is a practical and informative resource to help explain the changes we are currently all experiencing.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to NHS Charities Together.

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“It gives the facts without being too scary, offers advice and hope, and tames the terrors with Scheffler’s familiar light-heartedness.”

-Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

“Their aim is to help kids aged from five to ten to understand our strange, new world, and they’ve done a brilliant job.”

-Natasha Harding, The Sun

“A diverse cast, a global stage, practical and expert advice, along with friendly, accessible illustrations by Scheffler make this […] a must-have in the home or collection of everyone on the planet.”

-School Library Journal

“A wonderfully timely […] picture book aimed at primary school children.”

-Katie Law, The Evening Standard

“The award-winning illustrator hopes the question-and-answer book about the pandemic will help his young fans.”

-Sky News

“This timely book answers difficult questions in a gentle, accessible way.”

-Emma Lee-Potter, The Independent 

“Essentially a calming, explanatory pamphlet about the virus and the impact it’s having, it features Scheffler’s familiar, saucer-eyed characters.”

-Imogen Carter, The Guardian 

“Written by staff at the award-winning independent publishing company [the book] has had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who acted as a consultant.”

-Good Housekeeping

“The best book ever for children – on coronavirus.”

-Amanda Craig

“The book draws on the knowledge of Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to answer what the virus is, how you catch it, the measures used to tackle it and more to put kids’ minds at rest.”

-Liam Geraghty, The Big Issue

“A timely book that explains the pandemic to children, helping satisfy their curiosity about it.”

-Shriya Roy, Financial Express

“This book uses simple language to explain to children what’s going on in our world amid the pandemic.”

-Huffington Post

“Mr. Scheffler’s playful illustrations are paired with simple text about how the virus spreads, how to deal with boredom and loneliness and annoying siblings, and how to face the unknown.”

-The New York Times

“The Gruffalo illustrator lays out the coronavirus and the measures being taken to control it in a way that is comprehensible to children.”

-The Guardian

“Written with the expert guidance of Professor Graham Medley from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, it helps to provide clear information about the effects of virus, and why everyone is talking about it.”

-National Literacy Trust

“The book reassures children that it is “normal” to feel worried, sad, or to miss their friends during the lockdown.”

Bill Gardner, The Telegraph

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for five- to nine-year-olds

-The Irish Times

“This book is a wonderful free resources to help kids to understand Covid-19, and to feel a little better about the situation.”

Helen Neale, Kiddy Charts

“If you’re struggling to explain the coronavirus to your children then illustrator, Axel Scheffler and children’s book publisher, Nosy Crow are here to help with a brilliant digital book for primary school age children.”

-World Book Day website

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone wanting to talk things through with their child in a calm and reassuring manner, without the background of media dialogue.”

“This is an immensely useful tool that gives neither too much nor too little information, and it will help adults as much as youngsters.”

-The Bulletin of the Centre for Children’s Books

“The book explains the coronavirus beside Scheffler’s distinctive pictures and children are given advice on how to handle everything from boredom to stressed adults grappling with home working.”


“The beautifully illustrated book answers key questions in simple language, such as, “What is the coronavirus?” and “Why are some places closed?” as well as “What happens next?”

-ABC 7

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You can find a full list of international editions here: Rights in this title have been allocated on a territory by territory basis to established publishers on condition that they make the book available free to consumers.

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