Books About Pandemics, Masks & Social Distancing

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It can sometimes feel like the elephant in the room – pandemics, masks, and social distancing. As teachers, we turn to books and we have seen some books shared about these topics and so we ordered them and wanted to share them with you here today.

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We have seen lots of books about these topics and so we ordered some. You can check out our reviews below.

Lucy’s Mask is an easy to read story about a little girl getting a new mask. The story starts with her mom at a sewing machine telling her she is making her a mask. While she is waiting, she imagines all the things a new mask can help her to be, like an explorer or a pirate. At the end of the story the mom gives Lucy a face covering and tells her this is going to make her a hero by saving lives. It’s a simple and quick story to read your students will love.

I love this new book: A Little Spot Stays Home: A Story About Viruses and Safe Distancing. It is loaded with details and is very kid friendly. It talks about what a virus is, what symptoms are, and gives lots explanaitions for things like why we stay home and how germs spread. It even goes into what you can do while you are staying at home! It’s a great book your students will love.

When Virona the Corona Came To Town was written by a first grade teacher which I think is pretty cool. This book is about a girl named Mary Ellen. It starts with her going through all the emotions of school shutting down in the Spring to seeing the bright side of the situation. It also ends with her being thankful for the essential workers like nurses and grocery store workers, it can lead into some great conversations. Each page has a sing-song tone so it’s fun to read!

Paula and the Pandemic is another favorite from the books I ordered. This is a story about a little girl who loves to play with her friends but can’t because of the pandemic. It talks about how she misses her friends and her teacher, how her dad is working from home, and how things are just different. The thing I love about this book is that it is done in such a real way but it’s not negative. The mom explains to the girl how a pandemic is like a seed and if we nurture it and care for it, it will grow big and strong. The seed is like a pandemic because if we care for ourselves and be patient the world will grow back big and strong. I just love this little story (it’s literally little in size).

Smiling From Ear to Ear is another great book I found. This is a fun, easy to read story with different animals wearing masks in different places like the grocery store and while visiting family. This would be a great story for the kids to retell on their own.

Masked Ninja is another book we got that has lots of great information with a ninja twist. I will always give you an honest review, so I want to mention there are a few things in this book that made me wonder if they should be brought up in class – such as the origin of COVID, the WHO and CDC, and things like that. Also, at the very end it says that the tips in this book will be a secret weapon against viruses and racism. The book did not talk about racism so it was an extra thought right at the very end that didn’t match anything talked about before. Maybe this is a common theme throughout this series of books and it is important but it just didn’t seem to fit the story line to me. This book does have great details though like how to wash your hand (with a cute song) and other things like not touching your face so it can be a great addition to your library if you are talking about germs and viruses.

We ordered one more book (Social Distance King) but it won’t be here for a few weeks. As soon as we get it we will add our review.

What books have your found for talking about the pandemic, masks, and social distancing? Share in the comments so other teachers can share with their students too. Stay well friends.

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