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We know there is a ton of information and ideas of things to do all over the internet right now. Here are some that we recommend. Take a look!
Local, State & National Resources
Bloomington-Normal COVID-19 Information from Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council and other trusted sources
State of Illinois resource for Job Seekers and Employers - illinois.gov/GetHired
PATH 211 - Central Illinois residents can call 211 to find fast, free and confidential help for health and human service resources
Your Money, Your Goals from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has a financial empowerment toolkit that can help you consider the impact of your choices when money is tight
Illinois Extension has a tremendous list of resources related to COVID-19
COVID-19 Resources for Young Children and Their Caregivers
Books, eBooks, and Digital Resources collected by NPL Children's Librarians
Books and e-Books
Coronavirus: A Book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts
A Kids Book About COVID-19 by Malia Jones
What is a Pandemic?: And How Can You Stay Safe? by Naomi O’Brien & LaNesha Tabb
Pandemics Special Issue by Cricket Media
Coping with fear and uncertainty:
Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson
I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black (consider others in this series as well)
Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
The Don't Worry Book by Todd Parr
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Little Tree by Loren Long
Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen
The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul
Coping with illness or the death of a loved one:
Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margaret and H.A. Rey (available on Hoopla)
Death is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
The Funeral by Matt James
The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup
Maybe Tomorrow by Charlotte Agell
Coronavirus lesson plan by BrainPOP
Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do article by KidsHealth from Nemours
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus by NPR
Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 from the CDC
Talking to Children About COVID-19 from the National Association of School Psychologists