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Corona Virus – A book for children

There’s a new word you might have heard.
You might hear people talking about it or you might hear it on the news. This word is the reason that you’re not going to school. It is the reason you can’t go outside very often or visit your friends. It might be the reason why the grown-up or grown-ups who look after you are at home.
The word is… Corona Virus.

This fantastic book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?

Nosy Crow made this book quickly, to meet the needs of children and their families. No one involved was paid anything for their work.
We would like to thank the following people for their generous and knowledgeable input:
Axel Scheffler
Professor Graham Medley
Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Sara Haynes
Headteacher, Arnhem Wharf Primary School, London
Alex Lundie
Deputy headteacher, Arnhem Wharf Primary School, London
Monica Forty
Headteacher, Ben Jonson Primary School
Doctor Sarah Carman
NHS Clinical Psychologist
specialising in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Neurodevelopment

First published in the UK in 2020 by Nosy Crow Ltd
The Crow’s Nest, 14 Baden Place, Crosby Row London, SE1 1YW, UK
ISBN 9781839941467
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Text © Nosy Crow, 2020 Illustration © Axel Scheffler, 2020
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A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.