Coronavirus: Author releases new book to educate kids

A not-for-profit coach and author, Raquel Daniel has written a children’s book about the coronavirus pandemic. The colourful cartooned book simplifies and teaches children about the virus and ways to keep themselves safe.

While many of us are trying to adjust to our lives in the coronavirus era. Raquel was thinking about how this all affects children. As a development worker, she and her team at Beyond the Classroom Foundation visited one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Abuja to distribute food relief items in April 2020.

There she met a lot of children who were anxious about the pandemic but had no idea what was happening, when schools would be opened and how they could help in the fight against the virus. A few weeks after, she wrote a children’s book about COVID-19 to teach children about coronavirus and encourage them to protect themselves and others.

There is a New Virus in Town is a book for children about COVID-19. It is full of engaging, colourful, fun pictures and answers key questions in simple language, appropriate for children aged five to ten, explaining what the coronavirus is, and why some places children normally go to are currently closed.

The book also explains how germs spread and what children can do to stay safe.

“I am hopeful the messages within the book will help alleviate children’s fears by giving them the information they need to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.”

Raquel said all proceeds of the book sales will go to Beyond the Classroom Foundation, a nonprofit she founded almost 10 years ago, that focuses on education for children and provides menstrual hygiene education and free sanitary pads to girls from low-income backgrounds.
Copies of the book can be purchased on her website www.iraquel.com/shop

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