Update: I have included many more resources that are popping up, and more resources in English and other languages, as COVID-19 (previously known as novel Coronavirus 2019 ) is affecting more people in many countries.
If you are looking for English and other languages (not Chinese), I have extracted out the various resources and listed them in a separate blog post, so that they are easier to find.
Please stay safe
The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019 n-CoV) 新型冠狀病毒 is making headlines everywhere in the world. I have rounded up some resources that you can use to talk to your children about this virus. These are generously shared by many kindhearted and talented people. Thank you for developing these resources that many of us can use to talk to our children during this difficult time.
I am sure many are being developed, and I will continually add on to the list, so please check back regularly. If you are looking for resources on hand hygiene, healthy habits and other safety precautions, please see this blogpost.
Fighting the illness together 齊抗病毒，你我做到 （Cantonese）
Stories about the Novel Coronavirus
In this bilingual story/ infographics from Hong Kong, Dumo, an adorable cartoon cheetah, shares about the novel coronovirus and the precautions to take. Dumo is the creation of Dr Lucci Lugee Liyeung, an orthopedic surgeon and illustrator who wants to increase health awareness in children through her art. Her Facebook post includes a link to download the PDF for free. Do have a look at the other beautiful illustrations on the Facebook page. Update: Please check that you have version 2.
And if you prefer a colouring book version, the PDF link to download is within the Facebook post.
2. Why Can’t I Go Out 為什麼我不可以出去 Children’s Bilingual Story
20-page story explaining about the novel coronavirus, how it spreads, why a child might be kept at home, and other hygiene measures. I love the whimsical drawings and the ink friendly book that can also double up as a colouring book should you choose to print it. PDF download links: Traditional Chinese/ English | Simplified Chinese/ English.
Story credits: 微信公眾號A卡蘇（id:akashare）發布的中英雙語繪本《為什麼不能出門？ 》
Video of book reading in Cantonese
This is a story about “What happened this Chinese New Year”. It ends of on a positive note about how we will win the fight against the virus. PDF download links: Traditional Chinese. Link to Simplified Chinese
Found a video of Taiwanese mum 早媽早妹不專業親子共讀 reading it on YouTube in Mandarin. Hope there will be Cantonese soon!
A delightful book to reassure kids who might be fearful during this time. To remind them of hope and love and to smile under the mask. The PDF (Traditional Chinese) can be downloaded here.
Artist Lokki Lau of Draw a Dream, made this book to explain to her children (2 year old and 10 year old) in age-appropriate language they cannot go outdoors or to the park, but must stay at home. This book reflects the atmosphere and the situation that is currently in Hong Kong now, and you can see pix of a Hong Kong bus stop and a park.
Available in Traditional Chinese as pictures of a Facebook post.
7. Masked Hero DIY Picture Book 口罩小衛兵自己做繪本
A cute story by Taiwanese Illustrator MIIA*Mia about the importance of wearing masks. Downloadable (Traditional Chinese) PDF link in her post with instructions on how to print and put together the book.
Update: New language versions available: English | Japanese
Update: Mama Baby Mandarin has translated her book into Simplified Chinese, pinyin, Traditional Chinese and zhuyin and the PDFs are available on the blog.
Cantonese and sign language storytelling of Masked Hero 口罩小衛兵
A picture book by Taiwanese illustrator Gwenyth Chen, suitable for young kids. Two editions avaialble in Traditional Chinese – with and without zhuyin. To download the PDFs, please visit this blog – Select 防疫繪本 for non-zhuyin edition and 防疫繪本（注音版本) for zhuyin edition.
Another comic illustration from Taiwan, this has zhuyin for those of you who are also learning Mandarin and zhuyin.
Cute comic style.
Info comic on how a Coronavirus spreads, and the precautions you can take.
Translations (via semi open-source) into many languages can be found on this page
The languages include:
- Asian languages: Chinese, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Bahasa Indonesian, Arabic, Tagalog, Urdu, Burmese, Hindi, Bahasa Malaysian, Thai, Farsi and more
- European languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, French, Russian, Romanian, Italian, German, Swedish and more
A Picture Book by the Beijing Institute of Fashion Design, and has been translated into many languages including Traditional Chinese, English, Russian, Korean and more. You can download the files (for free) if you use WeChat to scan the QR code in this article.
PDF links for download in the Facebook post below. Versions include Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, French, German and Spanish. For more Christian resources on COVID-19, please visit Covid-19 : Chinese-English Christian Resources for Families
14. 什么是新型冠状病毒肺炎: 专为儿童打造的漫画 Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
This is the first one I have come across that is written outside of Asia, and is useful because it is more relevant to those living outside of Asia and addresses specific issues in US (that might also be applicable to those living in other countries e.g. what does it mean if someone is wearing a mask? (It does not mean they are sick), and that the virus affects everyone (hopefully this will help to educate people and curb racism).
Other language versions include Spanish, Lithunian, Russian and can be found here.
Update: Chalk Academy has developed printables of the Coronavirus info for kids in Simplified Chinese (pinyin version pending) and Traditional Chinese (with and without Zhuyin).
An inclusive story about how an autistic boy deals with school closures. Video of book being read in Cantonese below. Ebook can be downloaded here.
Coronavirus A book for children – Traditional Chinese version available for free download here, There are also activity sheets that you can download for your kid. This is illustrated by Axel Sheffer of Gruffalo fame. The original is in English and more details can be found here.
17. Other books and stories
More and more stories are being developed. Here are more I found in recent days:
- A New Virus has Arrived 新病毒的如侵 (English/ Simplified Chinese) – based in Singapore
- Covid-19, A Child’s Voice 新型冠状病毒 – 孩子的心里话 (English/ Simplified Chinese) – based in Singapore
- 妈妈要去打怪兽 (Simplified Chinese) – a tribute to the frontline doctors. Video in Mandarin
- 给孩子的疫情图鉴：地球是一颗病毒星球呀 (Simplified Chinese) and Video (Mandarin)
- 是谁在默默地保护着我们 (Simplified Chinese)
- 给孩子看得新型冠状病毒防护绘本 (Simplified Chinese)
- 新型冠状病毒预防绘本 (Simplified Chinese)
- 抗击新型冠状病毒绘本 (Simplified Chinese)
- 儿童科普绘本《小个子与大个子》 (Simplified Chinese)
- 写给孩子的新型冠状病毒科普绘本 (simplified Chinese)
- “新型冠状病毒”绘本 (English with simplified Chinese Translation at the back)
- 写给孩子的病毒简史 (Simplified Chinese)
- 新型冠状病毒预防绘本 (Simplified Chinese)
- 一个不能溜达的春节(Simplified Chinese)
- 一个春节 (Simplified Chinese)
- 病毒来了! ：新型冠状病毒感染的肺炎预防知识绘本 (Simplified Chinese)
- Many more stories (Simplified Chinese)
Centre for Child and Family Science has developed these two PDF books to help parents and teachers in Hong Kong support their children in coping with the stress caused by the epidemic and school closure. In Traditional Chinese only.
PDFs for download : Manual for parents and teachers 《疫境童行：兒童及青少年應對病毒心理支援手冊》| Storybook for kids 《抗疫同行》故事書
Reading of the story 抗疫同行故事書 in Cantonese
Additional video of 3 minute relaxation exercise (in Cantonese)
The Department of Health has published two booklets to support parents in Hong Kong during this time – Includes psychology and scientific empirical advice, parent-child activities at home such as exercises, word games and more. In Traditional Chinese only.
Health Education Information Booklets
An information booklet by The Apple Daily, this has information on preventive measures, personal and home hygiene tips, correct use of masks and disinfection supplies, recipes for nutritious soups and Chinese herbal drinks and more to keep you in good health. This is available only in Traditional Chinese (no English). You can read the book online for free here.
Chinese Vocabulary related to Novel Coronavirus
Taiwanese mum and teacher Ms Lin has developed a vocabulary sheet of Chinese vocabulary related to novel coronavirus with English translation. The list has traditional Chinese, simplified, zhuyin and pinyin (no Jyutping) . She has made it available for free on Teachers Pay Teachers. (You need an account to download).
Information on novel coronavirus and safety precautions ( Includes posters, pamphlets, factsheets, videos ) in Traditional Chinese and English. Look under Health Education Materials/健康教育資源 at the bottom of the page. To toggle between traditional Chinese and English, click on 繁／English button at the top right hand corner.
Information posters regarding the coronavirus
An increasing number of resources are being developed and shared by many generous and creative people. Depending on where you are living, and the risk of the virus, some of these resources may or may not be relevant to you, and may be best of you go through each item before sharing with your kids.
If you know of any other resources on the novel Coronavirus in Chinese, Cantonese or English, please let me know, and I’ll add it to the list.
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