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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.

Doctors, Scientists, and Healthcare Workers as Trusted Figures

Due to the polarized political climate with health literacy during the pandemic, there is an urgent need to build back trust in the medical and scientific community. Establishing doctors, scientists, and healthcare workers as trusted figures and role models is crucial all of the time, but especially during a time of crisis. Trust in healthcare providers is linked to vaccine confidence (National Vaccine Advisory Committee, 2015).

The books in this section are a combination of nonfiction and fiction titles, including biographical material on famous scientists, stories meant to inspire careers in STEM, as well as books that teach children to view the doctor's office as a helpful, not scary, place. The books in this section aim to serve as resources for counselors, educators, caregivers, social workers, and librarians. We are in the process of mapping these titles to the CASEL Framework for applying evidence-based SEL strategies.