Oxford University Press (OUP) has released a free e-picture book, Everybody Worries by author and illustrator Jon Burgerman, for children who are feeling anxious about coronavirus.
Everybody Worries is a new, original e-picture book to support parents and carers whose children are feeling worried about coronavirus and the changes it has brought to their lives. The e-book has been released on OUP's home learning hub Oxford Owl for Home and across all usual e-book platforms. It is available to view or download here.
Burgerman was inspired to create the book after hearing parents worrying about how to discuss coronavirus with their young children. He said: "I decided to write a book about worry and stress and how normal it is, and how we can try and mitigate it. I think we might not acknowledge that small children worry as much as they do. Without a means of expressing their anxieties, the stress can manifest and have adverse effects. It's important to talk openly about what is going on and that the feelings we're experiencing are being felt by a lot of people, and that by sharing (and caring!) for each other we can try and make it a little better."
OUP's head of Reading at Home Lou John added: "I’m delighted to be publishing Jon’s book, which is so pertinent to what many children are experiencing and feeling during this pandemic. It’s warm, engaging and reassuring and is a very welcome addition to our list, which aims to support parents and children with their social and emotional development and learning."
Everybody Worries is Burgerman’s fifth book with OUP, following Everybody Has a Body, a celebration of diversity and body positivity which was released in February 2020.