Young readers and their parents from around the world are benefiting from the philanthropic website Life Tree Books, initiated by Zhang Mingzhou, president of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People). Eleven original works by China on the fight against COVID-19 were translated into 13 languages, including Japanese, French and Russian, are available for readers to enjoy, all free of charge.
Here are some of our recommendations. Happy International Children's Day to all young readers!
Visit the website at www.lifetreebooks.org.cn
Ten Tips to Fight Monsters
Author: Dong Ruihan
Description: Dad leaves 10 tips to help us fight the virus. Who will win the battle? The story will gently teach children how to prevent the disease in a language that they can easily understand. It will help kids remain calm in this the epidemic, and encourage them to help family members to prevent the disease.
Waiting for Dad to Come Home
Author: Chen Ying
Description: The book pays a tribute to the front line medical workers for their fighting spirit in battle against COVID-19 who are heroes in harm's way with strong sense of social responsibility, depicting the familial affection and love supporting them. Besides, the book combines the basic knowledge of COVID-19 in a story of how a doctor's family fights against the virus. The emotional resonance with readers may promote them to increase their self-protection awareness and take protective actions. The book touches readers with storylines and characters having strong sense of social responsibility, trying to plant that responsible seed in their mind.
A Brief History of Viruses for Children
Author: Changsha White-flag Dolphin Children's Book Workshop
Description: A popular virus book dedicated to all children and juveniles. This book, in the form of story-telling and picture-based presentation, tells the origin of the virus and its impact on human society, so that the readers can understand the history of the virus. The book specifically sets up a "Ten Questions about COVID-19" section, which explains in detail the relevant knowledge and preventive measures of the novel coronavirus, helping children and juvenile readers to rationally understand and scientifically prevent it.
Virus, Virus, You Cannot Scare Me!
Author: Mu Xiangzhen
Description: This is an original pop-up book for children that integrates mood-lifting techniques with knowledge about virus prevention and control. Designed with many interesting and movable paper elements, the book enables parents and children to learn — in a fun interactive way — about how viruses spread and what people can do to protect themselves effectively. Thus it helps relieve children's fear for viruses and improve their ability to prevent infection. Besides, it also introduces the idea of harmonious coexistence between human and nature, in hope of raising children's awareness of protecting wildlife as well as the natural environment.
Agan Will Win
Author: A Jiao (original name: Zhang Xuejiao)
Description: Told by Chun Ni, famous anchor of China Beijing Television Station and Xue Ying, founder of Xue Ying Reading Club, Agan Will Win is a story about how Agan, Wuhan's well-known street food hot dry noodles personified as the protagonist, fights against the virus and finally wins. Unfortunately infected with the virus, Agan remains positive, optimistic and compliant to the doctors, and at last he defeats the cunning virus. This is a warm and caring picture book that consoles people who are having a difficult time during the epidemic.
There is Nothing Much More Than the Virus That Wears a Crown
Author: Huang Yi, etc.
Description: This book is designed in the form of Q&As to address some possible COVID-19-related psychological problems of children, with a view to helping them learn to cope with such problems while enjoying themselves in reading. In addition, this book is carefully illustrated by a group of young artists who have applied psychological intervention techniques into their illustrations. Also, with the help of this book, parents can learn how to explain the outbreak to their children in a proper way.
Author: Wan Jinghua, adapted by Chen Yuanshan
Description: Humans have a long history of fighting against diseases. But in a long period of time, people were still in the dark regarding the fact that many diseases caused by bacteria were unseen by the naked eyes. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed due to these microscopic bacteria. Afterwards microscopes were invented so that human beings were able to know bacteria and started studying it. Scientists finally invented various medicines such as antibiotic and the likes, despite trials and tribulations, achieved glorious accomplishments, brought many scary diseases under control. This comic book consists of a series of stories, vividly records the battle between humans and bacteria .
A Special Spring Festival
Author: Gao Jing
Description: This book pictures a special Spring Festival during the outbreak of COVID-19. It tells a story of an ordinary family in China, centering around the little boy's confusion: why he is not allowed to play outside home. Integrating science knowledge with comforting words, the book illustrates some basic knowledge on coronavirus disease as the story develops, including what coronavirus is, how it spreads, and how we can protect ourselves from it. The pictures in light watercolor convey love between family members, friends and everyone, and the story demonstrates how Chinese people are fighting together against the coronavirus in a soft yet powerful tone. Through reading, both children and grown-ups may cherish more the simplest pleasure in life, be grateful and try to do all they can do to help.
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