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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.

Normalizing Face Masks

The books in this section aim to serve as resources for counselors, educators, caregivers, social workers, and librarians. These titles normalize face masks across all settings, educate about public health measures, and encourage children to understand their role in disease prevention. We are in the process of mapping these titles to the CASEL Framework for applying evidence-based SEL strategies.

Face masks are incredibly effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other air-borne diseases. Vaccination and widespread mask usage is crucial to preventing COVID-19 infection especially in large, indoors, public settings (schools, hospitals, grocery stores, public transit, etc.). It's important to note that some masks are more effective than others. For example, KN95 and N95 masks have a significantly higher filtration rate than cloth masks (Shah et al., 2021). When choosing a mask, how it fits to your face is just as important as the type of mask selected. Learn more about which mask you should wear, from the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. For children, choosing the right mask for your child is also crucial. Adult masks should not be worn by children as they don't provide the correct fit. Learn more in this article from the New York Times about the best masks for children currently available.