This week I saw the first COVID-19 books on our shelves! Click on the book’s cover or the title to learn more about the item and place a hold. When you place the hold, you can also indicate that you would like to pick up holds at the drive-thru window for a contact-free checkout experience.

Picture Books

Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo’s Super Adventure
words by Lillian Jane; pictures by Ernie Kwiat

Today is a very exciting day. Elmo is heading off to school, and he wants to be a School Superhero! Join Elmo as he gets ready like a hero and learns about wearing masks and hand washing. It’s going to be a SUPER day! With the help of Elmo and his mommy, this all-new story from world-renowned education brand Sesame Workshop will help children combat school anxiety and understand new experiences like wearing masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing. School Superhero reminds readers that it’s super to help everyone stay healthy!

Hooray For Our Heroes!
by Sarah Albee; illustrated by Tom Brannon

Elmo, Super Grover, Big Bird and their Sesame Street friends point out all the heroes—and essential workers—that are right in our own neighborhoods. As the world deals with COVID-19, this hardcover picture book is terrific for helping young children feel protected and appreciative. Added content offers ways kids can thank the essential workers.

A Little Spot Wears a Mask
written & illustrated by Diane Alber

Schools and businesses are now requiring everyone to wear masks, and that can cause some confusion and anxiety for kids. A Little SPOT Wears A Mask is a fun story that helps kids feel more comfortable wearing a mask and shows them how to wear them properly.


Non-fiction

The Economic Impact Of Covid-19
by Emily Hudd

Many of the world’s largest economies shut down almost overnight as nations tried to slow the spread of COVID-19. These measures saved lives, but they also cost millions of jobs and shuttered many companies—some temporarily, others forever. The Economic Impact of COVID-19 studies how the pandemic and the fight against it affected every part of the economy, from individuals to huge corporations. Suggested for grades 4 to 8.

Essential Workers, Essential Heroes
by Heather DiLorenzo Williams

A behind-the-scenes look at how workers deemed “essential” helped society during the COVID-19 crisis, from grocery and pharmacy employees to front-line healthcare workers. Suggested for ages 10-14 or grades 4-6.

Flattening the Curve
by Martha London

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, the phrase “flatten the curve” became widely known. It refers to the things people can do to space the total number of infections out over a longer period. This helps prevent the healthcare system from being overloaded. Flattening the Curve examines social distancing and the other measures people took to slow the disease’s spread. Suggested for grades 4 to 8.

How Can I Help During COVID-19?
by Emily Dolbear

In just a few short months, COVID-19 has drastically altered the world as we know it. With much still unknown about the disease and the virus that causes it, this is a scary and overwhelming time. This series offers caregivers and kids a timely, age-appropriate look at the pandemic and its effects. Colorful photographs and informative captions supplement the text to aid comprehension. Enhanced content includes a ‘Good News’ feature that highlights an uplifting topic related to the book. Suggested for grades 2 to 5.

How Has COVID-19 Changed Our World?
by Kara L. Laughlin

Explore a kid-friendly look at the economic and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic like business closings, unemployment and how the environment has been impacted. Suggested for grades 2 to 5.

A Lasting Impact
by Heather DiLorenzo Williams

Explore how COVID-19 has affected countries, businesses and individuals. Readers will learn about economic and environmental effects, both negative and positive, as we look toward a future beyond the virus. Suggested for ages 10-14 or grades 4-6.

Science Kids: Viruses, Vaccines and Covid-19: Prepare and Prevail

Learn how to keep yourself safe from viruses like COVID-19. Learn about viruses and how they spread, how vaccines work, pandemics and how we’re using strategies from past pandemics to fight COVID-19. All of these topics and more are covered in-depth with detailed graphics, engaging examples and video. On-screen, multiple-choice reviews at the end of each segment reinforce important concepts. This DVD is about half an hour long and is suggested for ages 10 to 14.

The Science Of the Coronavirus
by Renae Gilles

Examine COVID-19 from a scientific perspective. Readers will learn about the origin of the disease, its symptoms, treatments and how people can protect themselves and others. Suggested for ages 10-14 or grades 4-6.

Social Distancing
by Heather DiLorenzo Williams

Explore the idea of social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis. Readers will examine the reasons behind social distancing, ways to adapt to it and how it may continue to impact people in the future. Suggested for ages 10-14 or grades 4-6.

The Spread Of COVID-19
by Martha London

COVID-19 was first recognized in Wuhan, China, but within a few months, it spread to every corner of the globe. The Spread of COVID-19 traces the pandemic during those perilous early months, as health officials and world leaders reacted to the new disease and the scope of its impact became clear. Suggested for grades 4 to 8.

Understanding COVID-19
by Douglas Hustad

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV2. Like all viruses, it is far too small to be seen by the naked eye. Yet, this virus and the disease it caused had an enormous impact on the world. Understanding COVID-19 explores how the virus and the disease work, examining what made them so dangerous and what health officials learned about fighting them. Suggested for grades 4 to 8.

What If I’m Worried About COVID-19?
by Emily Dolbear

This book addresses kids’ social and emotional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic: their fears, anxieties and how to manage stress in various ways. Suggested for grades 2 to 5.

What Is a Pandemic?
by Kara L. Laughlin

This book provides general information about pandemics, examples of various pandemics throughout history and ways humanity can fight future pandemics. Suggested for grades 2 to 5.

What is COVID-19?
by Sara Latta

This book explains the symptoms of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and describes how it’s diagnosed, treated and how it spreads. Suggested for grades 2 to 5.

Who Are the COVID-19 Helpers?
by Sara Latta

This book looks at front-line workers in the COVID-19 pandemic, such as doctors, nurses, store workers and delivery people who are all helping in everyday life. Suggested for grades 2 to 5.

World Leaders During COVID-19
by Douglas Hustad

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, political leaders and health officials worked to understand the disease, slow the infection rate and lower the death toll. World Leaders During COVID-19 examines how different leaders reacted, how the messages to their citizens were received and how effective their measures proved to be. Suggested for grades 4 to 8.