Updated with new resources at 8:46 a.m. on May 12, 2020 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) has gotten personal for many families in our area, especially now that public and private schools are closed for the time being. It's inevitable that kids are going to have a lot of questions. Making kids feel safe and reassured—but also informed—is important to their emotional well-being as well as their physical health. 

To help tackle these difficult but necessary conversations, our Children's Librarians and Materials Selection & Acquisition staff members have gathered the following books and digital resources about COVID-19, illness, germs, and personal hygiene that are both educational and appropriate for school-aged kids. 

For more resources, visit our website. Digital resources are featured in our eBranch.
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•    COVID-19 updates and resources page: (this includes kids’ resources and is a page will be updated often with additional items)

Being Sick

Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson (book & eBook) 

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (book & eBook) 

Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anne Dewdney (K-2) (eBook)

Dragons Get Colds Too by Rebecca Roan (book & eBook)

I Have a Cold by Lisa M. Herrington (book)

Sick Simon by Dan Krall (book & eBook)

What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner (book)

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Exploring the New Coronavirus (downloadable comic book) 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (web page PBS Kids) 

Talking to Children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource (Cincinnati Public Schools) 

I Am A Virus (Cincinnati Public Schools) 

COVID-19 information about childcare (4C for Children) 

How cronavirus is affecting children's mental health (The Guardian

COVID-19 Information Workbook (Hoyleton Youth and Family Services)

Wearing a Mask (PBS)


The Magic School Bus, Inside Ralphie: A Book About Germs by Joanna Cole  (book) 

Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome  (book) 

Germs Are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick (eBook) 

Germs Make Me Sick! By Melvin Berger (book) 

Henry the Hand (video) 

Sherm the Germ by John Hutton (pre-K) (video) 

Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barack  (video, book, eBook

Curious George Discovers Germs by Erica Zappy (book)

Baby Medical School: Bacteria and Antibiotics by Cara Florance (book)

What are Germs? by Katie Daynes (book) 

Germs by Judy Oetting (book) 

Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs by Bill Nye (book)

Micro Mania: A Really Close-Up Look at Bacteria, Bedbugs, & The Zillions of Other Gross Little Creatures the Live In, On & All Around You! by Jordan D. Brown (book)

Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield (Science Comics) by Falynn Koch (book & eBook)

The Bacteria Book by Steve Mould (book & eBook

It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardy (book) 

Hand Washing 

CDC Handwashing Information for Families (web page) 

Handwashing Posters for Children & Teens (downloadable .pdfs) 

Sesame Street Coloring Sheet (.pdf)  

Keep It Clean. Achoo! by Cecilia Minden (book & eBook

Keep It Clean. Germ Free by Cecilia Minden (book & eBook

Keep it Clean. Time to Wash Up by Cecilia Minden (book & eBook

Keep It Clean. Get Well Soon by Cecilia Minden (eBook) 

Scrubba Dub, Carlos by Stuart J. Murphy (book) 

Wash, Wash, Wash! by Chanko & Padrón (book)

Emergency Preparedness 

Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping with Events in the News by Dawn Huebner (book & eBook)

Zombie Preparedness (for teens) (downloadable graphic novel from the CDC) 

For more Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) please click here.

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