COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Caregivers of Young People

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.
•    Website:, opens a new window
•    eBranch:, opens a new window
•    COVID-19 updates and resources page:, opens a new window (this includes kids’ resources and is a page will be updated often with additional items)

Being Sick

Bear Feels Sick , opens a new windowby Karma Wilson (book & eBook) 

A Bad Case of Stripes, opens a new window by David Shannon (book & eBook) 

Llama Llama Home with Mama, opens a new window by Anne Dewdney (K-2) (eBook)

Dragons Get Colds Too , opens a new windowby Rebecca Roan (book & eBook, opens a new window)

I Have a Cold , opens a new windowby Lisa M. Herrington (book)

Sick Simon , opens a new windowby Dan Krall (book & eBook, opens a new window)

What a Cold Needs, opens a new window by Barbara Bottner (book)

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Exploring the New Coronavirus, opens a new window (downloadable comic book) 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus, opens a new window (web page PBS Kids) 

How coronavirus is affecting children's mental health, opens a new window (The Guardian

COVID-19 Information Workbook, opens a new window (Hoyleton Youth and Family Services)

Wearing a Mask, opens a new window (PBS)


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

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

Germs Are Not for Sharing, opens a new window by Elizabeth Verdick (eBook) 

Germs Make Me Sick!, opens a new window By Melvin Berger (book) 

Henry the Hand, opens a new window (video) 

Sherm the Germ , opens a new windowby John Hutton (pre-K) (video) 

Do Not Lick This Book, opens a new window by Idan Ben-Barack  (video, book, opens a new windoweBook, opens a new window

Curious George Discovers Germs, opens a new window by Erica Zappy (book)

Baby Medical School: Bacteria and Antibiotics, opens a new window by Cara Florance (book)

What are Germs? , opens a new windowby Katie Daynes (book) 

Germs, opens a new window by Judy Oetting (book) 

Bill Nye the Science Guy's Great Big Book of Tiny Germs, opens a new window 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! , opens a new windowby Jordan D. Brown (book)

Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield , opens a new window(Science Comics) by Falynn Koch (book & eBook, opens a new window)

The Bacteria Book, opens a new window by Steve Mould (book & eBook, opens a new window

It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes, opens a new window by Jennifer Gardy (book) 

Hand Washing 

CDC Handwashing Information for Families, opens a new window (web page) 

Handwashing Posters for Children & Teens, opens a new window (downloadable .pdfs) 

Sesame Street Coloring Sheet, opens a new window (.pdf)  

Keep It Clean. Achoo! , opens a new windowby Cecilia Minden (book & eBook, opens a new window

Keep It Clean. Germ Free , opens a new windowby Cecilia Minden (book & eBook, opens a new window

Keep it Clean. Time to Wash Up, opens a new window by Cecilia Minden (book & eBook, opens a new window

Keep It Clean. Get Well Soon , opens a new windowby Cecilia Minden (eBook) 

Scrubba Dub, Carlos, opens a new window by Stuart J. Murphy (book) 

Wash, Wash, Wash!, opens a new window by Chanko & Padrón (book)

Emergency Preparedness 

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

Zombie Preparedness, opens a new window (for teens) (downloadable graphic novel from the CDC)

For more Library service updates and resources regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) please click here, opens a new window.