A bestselling children’s author has published an eBook explaining the coronavirus to young people, after discovering the depth of anxiety about the virus among school pupils.
“A friend’s six-year-old son recently came home in tears, convinced he and his family were going to die, because of what he’d been told about the coronavirus,” says Ellie Jackson, whose books about climate change reach a global audience.
“To help dispel some of the myths, I decided to write an accessible story that would educate young people about the realities of the illness.”
Ellie teamed up with illustrator Laura Calwood to produce the eBook, which is now available on Amazon, Apple Books and Google Play.
The two mums worked around the clock to produce the picture book, called The Little Corona King. It has already been translated into a number of languages, for use around the world.
“The book uses a gentle story to help explain the coronavirus to children and their parents or carers,” says Ellie. It gives practical advice on dealing with the illness and preventing its spread, without frightening or upsetting children.
The book is now available online in digital format only from iBooks and Google Play.