Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

If you find it challenging to talk to young people about the pandemic, you are not alone. Here are three resources that may help.

  1. Seattle and King County Public Heath Insider is a reliable source for local information. They posted an article titled Showing Up for Our Kids During the Outbreak that has helpful tips. 
  2. PBS also has advice for talking to kids about coronavirus that will be especially appealing for fans of Daniel Tiger and Sesame Street. 
  3. For help with emotional distress, see this list of resources from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. It includes a hotline you can call and tips for helping kids cope with stress

In addition to conversations, reading books together can help. Whether you want to change the subject to something lighter or learn more about viruses and hygiene, we have downloadable and streaming options for you. For personalized suggestions, try our BookMatch service. 

Online Books and Videos about Germs and Illness for Kids

The classic board book is available as an ebook. Ages 2 and up.

A video version of the popular dinosaur book series. Turn on subtitles to read along. Ages 3 and up.

Learn about handwashing, preventing the spread of germs, and more with your friends from Sesame Street. Ages 3 and up.

This story not only illustrates staying home when you're sick but also how illness can easily pass from one member of the family to another. Ages 3 and up.

How have major diseases impacted history? Read to find out! Ages 10 and up.

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