Books to Help Children Stay Sane During the Extended COVID-19 Lockdown

Books to Help Children Stay Sane During the Extended COVID-19 Lockdown

Books to Help Children Stay Sane During the Extended COVID-19 Lockdown

Books to Help Children Stay Sane During the Extended COVID-19 Lockdown

Recently the World Economic Forum (WEF) came up with a list of six books that can help children overcome the insecurity and frustration of living at home due to the raging pandemic.

According to the WEF, introducing children to these books can help them mitigate risks associated with the pandemic and calm their fears. It will also help them adjust to new circumstances as the world after the Corona Virus pandemic won’t be the same again.

There are other books that you can buy for your children to help them stay entertained during the lockdown. The lockdown may have unintended consequences on the children’s psyche and books will help them stay normal.

The books have been listed by age and are available on most e-commerce portals. All e-commerce portals will start taking orders from April 20, 2020, onwards after restriction on them is lifted.

Age 1-4

1.    The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Focused on teaching children various shapes and sizes in an adventurous and creative way, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff was written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name of Dr. Seuss in 1973. The book has been done in silhouette and explores different shapes for objects that babies and toddlers can easily understand.

2.    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle in 1968, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book about a hungry caterpillar that eats a wide variety of food before becoming a butterfly. The book has received several literary and graphics design awards and is still fresh 40 years after being launched.

3.    The Runaway Bunny

Written and published in 1942 by Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny picture book is about a young rabbit who wants to escape from his mother. He does and in this game of hide-and-seek, the mother is never far from the young bunny. At one stage she tells him: “If you run away, I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” The book is all about a mother’s love for her child.

4.    Snuggle Puppy

Snuggle Puppy by Sara Boynton is a beautiful story about a mother dog’s love for her puppies. A major part of the book is in illustrations which means it’s text light but image-heavy which is pleasing to the eye. The language and illustrations are pure fun and joy to both the eyes and mind.

5.    On the Night You Were Born

Author Nancy Tillman’s On the Night You Were Born is a beautiful book with touching rhymes. Every child is special and this picture book wonderfully conveys that message while celebrating children.

Age 3-7

1.    The Gruffalo

First published in 1999 by British writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, The Gruffalo, tells the story of a mouse who is walking in the woods. It is written in rhyming couplets that repeat across the book with minor changes. There is a bestselling sequel to the book called The Gruffalo’s Child, which is about Gruffalo’s daughter, who starts walking in a deep dark wood in search of “big bad mouse,” despite her father’s warning.

2.    Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

Another hilarious children’s book by Julia Donaldson, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book is about a person called Charlie Cook whose favorite book is about a pirate, who also happens to have a favorite book, about Goldilocks, whose favorite book is about a knight. The story continues like this until the end with a surprising end.

3.    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by American authors, Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle is a simple story about animals.  The book has a minimalistic plot where the narrator asks other animals what they see and the answer is usually another animal and the story repeats. The main characters are a brown bear, a red bird, a yellow duck, a blue horse, and other animals.

4.    Charlie Parker Played Be Bop

First published in 1992, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by award-winning American illustrator Christopher Raschka is an illustration book written to help students to easily match the picture with words.

5.    Go Away, Big Green Monster

Written to help children overcome bedtime fear, Go Away, Big Green Monster has sold over 10 lakh copies from the time it was launched more than 25 years ago. Writer and illustrator Ed Emberley has created a beautiful book in which a green monster grows as children turn pages and by the end of the book, the monster disappears as children take charge of their fear.

Age 8+

1.    Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Written in 1938 by Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a children’s book that tells the story about Mr. Popper, a house painter of modest means. He keeps a penguin, named Captain Cook, as a pet. Captain Cook soon gets a female penguin and soon they have 10 baby penguins. The story ends with how Mr. Poppers plans to keep the penguins away from his home.

2.    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Who can forget Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? The book and its cinematic version both are legendary among children. Written in 1964 by British author Roald Dahl, the story is about a boy called Charlie Bucket who goes inside a chocolate factory owned by Willy Wonka, whose behavior is pretty eccentric.

3.    Wolves

First published in 2005, Wolves is an illustrated children’s book by British author Emily Gravett. The story is about a rabbit that goes to a library to borrow a book about “Wolves,” as “approved by the National Carroticulum.” It’s a fun ride for your child.

4.    Where the Wild Things Are

“Where the Wild Things Are” is an emotional story of a young boy called Max, who is mischievous and super-naughty. Although only 338 words long, the book has won several awards for its story and characterization. The book was written by Maurice Sendak and was first published in 2000.

There are several other notable books that your child can read. The list of the books is given below:

1.    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

2.    Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

3.    The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

4.    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

5.    Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

6.   Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan

7.    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

12.    Panchatantra