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OUP releases free e-book to ease children’s coronavirus worries
07 May 2020
We have released free e-picture book Everybody Worries for children who are feeling anxious about coronavirus.
At a time of collective and international concern, OUP author and illustrator Jon Burgerman wanted to take positive action so created an original e-picture book to support parents and carers whose children are feeling worried about coronavirus and its effect on their lives. Everybody Worries offers comfort and reassurance with gentle rhyming text that lets children know their worries are valid as well as providing ways to help them feel less concerned.
Burgerman is a UK-born Brooklyn-based artist famed for his instantly recognisable drawings, doodles, characters, and murals. Everybody Worries is his fifth book with OUP, and is dedicated to all the care-givers, health workers, delivery people, volunteers, teachers, artists, mask-makers, and others giving their time to help each other all over the world.
Burgerman explains that he created the book after hearing parents worrying about how to discuss coronavirus with their young children: ‘I decided to write a book about worry and stress and how normal it is and how we can try and mitigate it. I think we might not acknowledge that small children worry as much as they do. Without a means of expressing their anxieties the stress can manifest and have adverse effects. It's important to talk openly about what is going on and that the feelings we're experiencing are being felt by a lot of people, and that by sharing (and caring!) for each other we can try and make it a little better.’
Lou John, Head of Reading at Home at OUP, adds, ‘I’m delighted to be publishing Jon’s book, which is so pertinent to what many children are experiencing and feeling during this pandemic. It’s warm, engaging and reassuring and is a very welcome addition to our list, which aims to support parents and children with their social and emotional development and learning.’
The eBook is available to view or download via our home learning hub Oxford Owl for Home and across all usual eBook platforms.