One of the most challenging parts of the COVID-19 pandemic this year has been finding the right balance of explaining what's going on to kids without scaring them.

My nieces, at 5-years-old, understand that there's a germ that we have to be careful about, and they're awesome about wearing masks (and boy, do they have an impressive collection of Disney princess masks!).

Now, a New Jersey teacher with local roots has written a kids book to help parents talk to their children about what's going on in the world right now.

My colleague Jimmy G on our sister station 94.3 The Point gave us the heads up about Pete and the Pandemic by 2011 Wall High School graduate Lindsay McDaniel.

McDaniel, a Jersey City teacher, got together with a fellow teacher in Jersey City, Christina Reichart and illustrator Lisa Wee to write the book about second grader Pete and the challenges that he goes through when the COVID-19 pandemic comes into his life.

According to Amazon, the book is:

A relatable story about a young boy’s journey throughout a global crisis will inspire you to learn from anything life throws your way.

With so many children's books out there these days that tackle a huge range of topics that can be challenging to talk to kids about, from things like divorce, race, bullying, and so much more, it's great to see educators tackling a topic that is truly impacting everybody right now, regardless of age.

You can read more about Pete and the Pandemic and grab your own copy by clicking here for the official page.


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