Produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, the storybook aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19.
Sharing facts and reliable information is vital to respond to COVID-19, and I wish to commend the creativity and passion of all artists, writers and publishers who find compelling ways to translate and craft stories and artwork so they can reach children and families to comfort and guide them through a distressing situation. UNESCO is proud to support this initiative and we see this as an example of the contribution of the artistic community to the well-being and resilience of all – Audrey Azoulay, Director General, UNESCO
My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19 features a creature named Ario who helps explain how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.
Previous humanitarian emergencies have shown us how vital it is to address the fears and anxiety of young people when life as they know it gets turned upside down. We hope that this beautifully-illustrated book, which takes children on a journey across time zones and continents, will help them to understand what they can do to stay positive and keep safe during the coronavirus outbreak – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
According to a release from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the book is aimed at children ages 6 to 11 years old and has already been translated to six languages to reach as many children as possible. Thirty more languages are in the pipeline.
“During the early stages of the project,” writes WHO, “more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.”
Download the book here.