Something Strange Happened in My City: A social story about the coronavirus pandemic for children

By Dr. Shu-Chen Jenny Yen | California State University, Fullerton

Publication Date: 
March 26, 2020

"Notes to Parents:

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2019, young children around the world may have either experienced trauma (e.g., lockdown) from the coronavirus or have been exposed to scary images about the virus through media. It is extremely hard for children to understand why social distancing is happening, and why they can’t play with their friends anymore. This book seeks to 1) reassure the child about their safety, 2) redirect the child’s attention to the positive actions undertaken by medical doctors and others, 3) empower and engage children in helping acts, 4) understand the importance of social distancing."