Through running a Facebook group in support of play therapists in this sudden transition to tele-play therapy, I have been introduced to a wealth of resources. Below is a collection of free E-books and workbooks that have been recommended in the group. Just click the titles to access the book!
Please read each book for yourself before deciding if it is something that would be beneficial for you to recommend to a family or use in a session. Some of these are geared towards therapists, but many of these will be helpful to parents as well.
If you know of any that aren't on this list you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE COVID-19 E-BOOKS/SOCIAL STORIES
This is a PDF of a children's book written by Ana M Gomez about the Coronavirus. She has kindly given permission for people to use, share and distribute it during this difficult time. This book is also available HERE in Spanish
This is a free resource by Sophie Marsh and Catherine Battle available in Ebook and video.
Click HERE for translations in Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Spanish!
Two medical students recently wrote an illustrated children’s book about coronavirus, to help parents of color communicate with their children about why so many families across the nation have been staying home.
Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb, Dr. Ebony Hilton, and illustrator Ashleigh Corrin Webb teamed up to write a children’s book that would explain the pandemic to younger children as well as the dangers for children of color during this time. Find out more here.
Jaime Henle, PsyD is offering downloads of her new book Uncertain Times: A Story for Kids during a Pandemic. It is a children’s book to help kids understand the coronavirus and all the changes that occurs as the result of a pandemic. Available in English, Spanish & Italian Edition.
Something Bad Happened guides children through tough conversations about serious world events, from environmental threats to human tragedies. Care is taken to use the non-specific term “bad thing” throughout, helping parents retain control over which events to talk about, and how much information to provide.
A new and free ebook from New York Times best-selling humorous and action-packed chapter-book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.
Has Anyone Seen Normal? is a story about a young girl struggling to navigate the uncertainty in her life caused by COVID-19. It is a story more generally about choosing joy amid chaos.
This ebook by Chloe Drulis and Mary Gianatasio reframes the international crisis from the perspective of a child, breaking down what they need to know and what they can do to feel safe.
While this E-book isn't COVID specific, many of the activities can be adapted for teletherapy. Liana Lowenstein has provided webinars and resources to help therapists adapt her techniques. Take a look at her article, Creative Interventions for Online Therapy with Children: Techniques to Build Rapport
A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of WHO and more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector.
We are all grieving the loss of safe circles during COVID- these include the loss of school and other communities, our freedom to move about, and for some the sickness or death of family members or friends.
This book was designed to educate children about COVID-19 and is available in 25 languages. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation.
This is a video containing a social story about social distancing written by Kim St. Lawrence and read by Ryan St. Lawrence.
This story comes from Dr. Joyce Mills, a play therapist who works with storytelling, along with a series of helpful ideas for parents stuck at home. She writes, “I am attaching what I sent to China in response to their request for support during this challenging time.
FREE adapted book on what COVID-19, also called Coronavirus, is, how it is spread, symptoms of the virus, what to do if you get sick, and how to prevent getting sick. Teaching Differently is offering a printable social story about Coronavirus.
This is not an e-book but Laurie Zelinger created this video that helps explain Coronavirus to children. She is the author of Please Explain Anxiety to Me, which although is not COVID specific is relevant to this difficult time. Her book focused on breaking down the complicated neuroscience behind anxiety in a way that children can understand and relate to.
This ebook by by Naomi O’Brien & LaNesha Tabb gives a quick overview of what a pandemic is, what COVID-19 is, how it spread so quickly and how they can stay safe.
BrainPOP created a 4.5-minute animation about the Coronavirus and has a number of resources.
South African writer and artist Iain S. Thomas explains why we’re all inside: “So because we care about each other so much, we’ve decided that the best way to show each other how much we love each other, is just to spend a bit of time apart, while those of us who aren’t feeling well get better.” He also offers tips for handwashing and beating back “the bored.”
This free Ebook is written by Carol Gray and uses photos to tell a story about about pandemics and the Coronavirus.
This story was developed to help young children and families talk about their experiences and feelings related to COVID-19 and the need to shelter in place. In the story, the coronavirus has spread to Littletown causing changes in everyone's lives.
This is a free ebook by 10-year-old Mary Lerch that tells the story of the Corn Yoga Virus, which compels animals to eat corn and do yoga.
The Zoo Is Closed is a simple book by Elise Lovejoy meant to help children understand how important it is to stay home to help everyone stay healthy.
FREE COVID-19 WORKBOOKS
Ana Gomez is offering this free workbook to EMDR therapists to assist client during the Coronavirus.
Denise Daniels has teamed up with Scholastic and the Yale Child Study Center to help children, families, and educators cope during this pandemic. It is a free 16-page downloadable workbook available in English and Spanish.
This workbook by Lori Allen offers some activities and coping skills for families at home during the Quarantine. Here’s a video description of the activities in the workbook:
A simple and straightforward guide that encourages mental health, creative expression, learning and coping. Use it to help children, teenagers and families overcome and go beyond bad memories and fears.
A work book designed to help children and teens communicate and cope with their feelings and emotions regarding the global COVID-19 pandemic.
"So you’re stuck at home on lockdown from Covid-19? Well let’s make the most of it with some isolation appreciation and your own lockdown diary." - S. McCarthy
A mental wellness workbook compiled by a group of New Mexico Play Therapists. These activities are intended to supplement weekly Tele-play sessions with a licensed therapist, and was created with the intention to be a tool to facilitate emotional regulation, open discussion, and healthy relationships in the home.
This is a free E-book/coloring book by Joel “Gator” Warsh, MD, MSc, a Pediatrician in Los Angeles, and Sarah A. Intelligator, Esq. It explores our current situation and helps parents explain what is going on.
This free coloring book by Dr. Daniela Owen is for anyone affected by worries, fears, discomfort, or nagging thoughts about the Coronavirus
A semi-educational coloring book that tells the story of the quarantine using the letters of the alphabet.
This is a card activity by Joel Shaul, created to help kids stuck at home to cope. It features 28 question cards you can print and cut out, or view one at a time on a phone, tablet or computer.