COVID-19 Resources for Children and Families

Information about COVID-19 is fluid and may change day to day. To help children and families learn about the pandemic and find educational activities while learning from home, Monroe County Public Library has identified useful resources, listed below. For more information, please visit the Indiana Department of Education COVID-19 Response page. 

The 2020 Covid19: Family Guidebook
Activities to help children, teens, adults, and grandparents deal with feelings and changes during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Over 200 games and fun ideas for interactive activities while physical distancing. No computer required. Special sections on support for families of first responders, healthcare workers, and essential workers, Self-care for all ages, coping skills and grounding exercises, mindfulness tips, parenting during this difficult time, games to promote social and emotional health and much more.

Coping with COVID-19 Workbook
Designed to help children and teens communicate and cope with their feelings and emotions about the pandemic, the workbook includes writing and drawing prompts to help create a therapeutic experience and provide an opportunity to have open conversations. A list of commonly heard words surrounding the pandemic are defined in this workbook in simple and concrete terms to make them easier for children and teens to understand.

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule
Help children gain a sense of control over their environment and document their experience of life during a pandemic. Creating a "time capsule" can help children look to the future and think about how the next generation will be curious to read their stories and learn what life was like in 2020. 

COVIBOOK by Manuela Molina
The author of this short book in PDF format wrote it to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, about COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. This resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy to help ease anxieties of young children.