Kidlit These Days

Hosted ByJenn Northington & Matthew Winner

Kidlit These Days is your kidlit connoisseurs pairing the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today.

E25: Kidlit Combats Coronavirus

Nicole and Matthew discuss the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of racism and social media, how the virus is impacting school kids and families, and how the kidlit community is responding.

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TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

Don’t Check Out This Book! By Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise new from Algonquin Young Readers

The Sunken Tower by Tait Howard from Oni Press

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Resource for Teaching Online Due to School Closures

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

Additional Resources Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Hand Sanitizer Use at Home, at Play, and Out and About

The Everywhere Book Fest

Defaced Mulan movie poster

“Corona Time” kids in costumes


Books by Raina Telgemeier (Guts; Smile; Babysitters Club)

Books by Marti Dumas (The Little Human; Jupiter Storm; Jaden Toussaint)

Books by Nikki Grimes (Ordinary Hazards; Bedtime for Sweet Creatures; One Last Word)

Books by Lori Alexander (Future Engineer; Future President; All in a Drop)

Books by Jacqueline Woodson (The Day You Begin; Brown Girl Dreaming; Red at the Bone)

Books by Saadia Faruqi (Meet Yasmin series; A Place at the Table)


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