Unsure how to talk to your kids about COVID-19? Show them this.
Colombian child psychologist and play therapist Manuela Molina has created a free e-book to provide comfort to children around the word, who may be scared and confused about the COVID-19 virus. The short guide portrays the virus as a friendly yet potentially dangerous character who “loves to travel” and “jump from hand to hand to say hi.” Young readers are then invited to share some of their thoughts and feelings around the virus in interactive exercises. Molina encourages parents to print out a copy of the e-book, so kids can fully participate in these pages.
On her website, Molina writes that she “created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.”
For anyone keen to see the work in action, Montreal-based Speech-Language Pathologist Liza Selvarajah shared the following video on Facebook of her reading the e-book to her daughter Mila:
COVIBook is available free on Molina's website in its original Spanish as well as in translations into 23 languages including, so far, English, Hebrew, Arabic, and Indonesian.