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.
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.
When required to socially distance, isolate, or quarantine we needed to adapt our behavior and alter our children's routines. Explaining social distancing, quarantining, and why we needed to stay home to avoid spreading disease can be difficult. The books in this section aim to: educate children about public health guidelines in a simple and fun way, ease anxiety, address feelings of loneliness and isolation, and encourage a positive mindset during troubling times. We are in the process of mapping these titles to the CASEL Framework for applying evidence-based SEL strategies.