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COVID-19 Pandemic Children's Book Collection

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Ashley Hosbach


Ashley is the Project Lead and University of Virginia’s Education & Social Science Research Librarian. Ashley specializes in children’s literature and is currently researching the COVID-19 pandemic and social emotional learning represented in picture books.


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Mary Lihong Peng

Mary served as the project's Social Emotional Learning Cataloger and Digital Support. She graduated from UVA in May 2021. She is currently an MPH Candidate at the Yale School of Public Health, with a focus on Digital Health, Psychosocial Epidemiology & Public Health Modeling.

Processing Traumatic Events

Living through a global pandemic is a traumatic event across all age groups. However, with children, trauma faced at this developmental stage can have longterm developmental repercussions (COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit, 2021). Disruptions to routines, schooling, life milestones, and constant instability can result in traumatic stress. Books in this section aim to help children manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively during this difficult global health crisis. They serve as a vehicle for hope, resilience, and post-traumatic growth. The books aim to help counselors, educators, caregivers, social workers, and librarians build a trauma-informed approach. These titles are mapped to the CASEL Framework for applying evidence-based SEL strategies.