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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.

Vaccine Confidence

The books in this section aim to educate about the history and science behind vaccines, herd-immunity, and infectious disease to build vaccine confidence. These titles also cover children overcoming fear of needles and/or going to the doctor's office. They are mapped to the CASEL Framework for applying evidence-based SEL strategies. Vaccines are one of the most effective solutions to preventing severe illness and death from preventable infectious diseases. With a long history of success, vaccines have greatly reduced (and in some cases have almost entirely eliminated) diseases like measles, polio, hepatitis, pertussis (whooping cough), hib, and diphtheria (CDC, 2020). Public confidence in vaccines, and healthcare providers, is crucial. In particular, parental confidence in vaccines is key to ensuring our children are protected against disease (National Vaccine Advisory Committee, 2015). There is a lot of misinformation floating around online. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center is a great site dedicated to fighting that misinformation and providing parents, educators, and healthcare professionals with reliable and evidence-based information on vaccines.