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Peace Amid the Pandemic (ages 3-8)

By Lydia Raabe

In this uncertain time, it can be hard to talk with our young children about what’s going on in our world, especially when we feel unsettled or afraid. Reading together can help. Check out these digital picture books and streaming videos while you’re spending time at home.

  • I Wish You More

    2015 by Rosenthal, Amy Krouse

    This sweet book makes a wish on every page. Each acknowledges that life is full of challenges, but it is important to focus on the positive and that problems become easier when we face them together.

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  • Good News, Bad News

    2012 by Mack, Jeff

    “Good news! Bad news.” Those are the only words in this book! The story is told through humorous illustrations of a rabbit, a mouse, and their fateful picnic. Rabbit is optimistic, even as their situation gets worse and worse. It is silly and reminds us that, after a storm, the sun will shine again.

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  • Sweet Dreams

    2019 by Gates, Mariam

    It can be hard to quiet anxious children's minds at bedtime. Instead of letting worry creep in when the lights go off, try a visualization routine. Routines in this book range from flying through space to riding a horse through a meadow. All are designed to calm the mind and have a peaceful night’s sleep.

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  • Worries Are Not Forever

    2019 by Verdick, Elizabeth

    Worries come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s important to know how to be bigger than our worries. This helpful guide normalizes worry in children, then offers ways to overcome anxieties. The author includes activities parents and caregivers can try with anxious children.

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  • Breathe with Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, and Happy

    2019 by Mariam Gates

    Did you know that controlling your breath can help calm your mind, ease anxiety, and more? This book shares tips on using your breath to deal with big feelings. Each tip shares an everyday scenario, then instructions on different breathing techniques to help. Use this guide when going through tough moments or to practice mindfulness while at home.

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  • Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

    2012 by Heling, Kathryn

    People like mail carriers and farmers help our communities run smoothly. These community helpers are working hard to keep important parts of our lives regular during the uncertain time we’re in. Match rhyming poem and uniform to each community job in this cute book.

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  • Germs Are Not for Sharing

    2011 by Verdick, Elizabeth

    Germs make us sick, and in times like these, we need to be extra careful to avoid spreading germs. This guide offers ideas for containing germs while sick, common places people pick up germs, and a how-to on proper hand washing.

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  • Today I Feel: An Alphabet Of Feelings

    2017 by Moniz, Madalena

    Are you feeling free? Maybe original? Or victorious? Each day, our feelings and emotions change, and it’s good for children to know that’s okay. Not all emotions are positive or simple, but with these beautiful watercolor illustrations, feelings from A to Z may be easier to identify.

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  • What Can a Citizen Do?

    2018 by Eggers, Dave

    Today’s kids should know that “a citizen’s not what you are—a citizen is what you do.” In this empowering picture book, neighborhood kids build a community, showing that taking action and working together can make the world a better place for everyone.

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  • Community Helpers at the Hospital

    2016 by Schuh, Mari

    Doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are everyday heroes, especially now. They help us stay healthy and are there to help those who are not. Using pictures and real-life scenarios, this book explores the many people who work at a hospital.

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  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

    2017 by Jeffers, Oliver

    Meant for parents with very little ones, with a wonderful message for all, this inviting picture book reminds us of what the earth gives us and how important our place in the world is. While we may be isolated at home during this time, we are not alone!

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  • Tomorrow Most Likely

    2019 by Eggers, Dave

    What will tomorrow bring? It may be ordinary. It may be extraordinary. It may be a little of both. In this silly yet touching book, a little boy, tucked into bed, thinks about all the things that are to come tomorrow.

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  • How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

    2018 by Jane Yolen

    Do you think dinosaurs make good patients? You’d be surprised! These silly dinos know that feeling better while being sick means taking care of yourself, taking medicine, and listening to doctors and nurses.

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