Coronavirus: Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler creates book for children on the pandemic


A children’s book about the Coronavirus, illustrated by the award-winning Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler, is available for free online. We’ve uploaded it here for you to read and share with your children, family and friends. Here’

‘Coronavirus: A Book for Children’ is aimed children between the ages of five and nine, and hopes to answer their questions on the COVID-19 outbreak.

It has been written by staff at the publishing house Nosy Crow, with expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and advice from two headteachers and a child.

The opening page reads: “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 … But what is it and why is everyone talking about it?

“The word is coronavirus.”

Download this wonderful resource below.

Text © Nosy Crow, 2020
Illustration © Axel Scheffler, 2020

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