Inspiration

Inspired by my inquisitive young niece, Victoria, who constantly surprises me with questions.

What it does

Parents are wondering how to bring up the topic of coronavirus in a way that is reassuring and developmentally appropriate, often while dealing with their own anxieties about the virus and its implications for their bank accounts, relationships, and wellbeing.

The book answers many of the questions children might have about the virus while encouraging them to do their part. It demonstrates good hygiene habits, and precautions we can take while reassuring them that adults and health workers are doing everything they can to keep everyone safe.

How I built it

I used the Bitmoji app to construct the main character, and used illustration software for remaining illustrations. I consulted my boyfriend who is in medical school regarding the language and explanations for coronavirus.

Challenges I ran into

It was difficult to present concrete, medically accurate information about the virus without making it seem overwhelming. Children are inevitably hearing new, complicated terms during the pandemic. It is challenging to break down these terms in a clear and understandable manner for children between ages 6 and 9 to understand. Topics such as virology, immunology, and epidemiology have such depths, but could only be addressed superficially.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

This project was challenging because I have no experience with design or illustration. However, I knew that I had to step up my game in order to make the book appealing to young readers and their parents.

What I learned

Through my experience babysitting, I have learned that children need adults around them to communicate calmly and clearly. Kids are very aware of everything that is going on in the world, and oftentimes understand more than what adults may realize. One of the themes I wanted to convey through this book is that it is okay to feel worried and anxious, especially during this difficult time. However, talking about our feelings with others, having a routine, and staying connected to those we love can help.

What's next for The World Vs. Coronavirus

I am going to be reading the book to my niece and may share the book with coworkers who have young children at home.

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