COVID-19 is a big deal—but with all that adults have to worry about, it’s easy to overlook the pandemic’s impact on children. The Teensy Weensy Virus Book and Song for Preschoolers provides a way for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of safety measures (like wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing) to children, while giving kids the opportunity to ask questions and share their feelings. Embracing the latest science and backed by medical professionals, The Teensy Weensy Virus pairs simple, kid-friendly explanations with bright, colorful illustrations, while offering additional resources for adults and an informative song (sung to the tune of The Itsy Bitsy Spider) to help lighten the mood as families engage with this serious topic.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sherri L. Rose is a retired pediatric and family nurse practitioner, as well as a hospice and palliative care nurse, who recognizes the critical importance of helping children understand what is happening during this pandemic. COVID-19 has created so much stress, anxiety, grief, and loss for adults—imagine what children must think but are unable to express!

Inspired by her concerns for the smallest among us, Sherri wrote this book to help preschoolers understand what is going on and why all of us must follow new rules. To spread the importance of these basic safety guidelines, The Teensy Weensy Virus is being translated into multiple languages (including Spanish, Hindi, French, Portuguese and more). Sherri lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Illustrations are by Megan E. Brawand and the song on the audiobook is arranged by Evan Gregory and performed by Sarah Fullen Gregory and their children. Evan and Sarah are with The Gregory Brothers of Brooklyn, NY.

TALKING POINTS

  • 5 Non-Scary Ways Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About COVID 
  • 3 Signs that Your Preschooler is Feeling Anxious and Stressed 
  • 4 Ways to Help Your Kids When They are Feeling Stressed about COVID
  • What to Say/Do When Your Little Ones Don’t Want to Wear A Mask
  • Why Singing Helps Kids Remember Facts
  • 3 Things Parents and Teachers Can Do to Protect Preschoolers from Spreading Viruses 

TIMELY TIE-INS

  • April is National Stress Awareness Month – Help Stressed Preschoolers
  • April is National School Librarian Month
  • April 26-30 is World Immunization Week 
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • May 3-9 is Children’s Book Week 
  • May 6-12 is School Nurses Week
  • August is National Immunization Awareness Month 

PRAISE FOR THE TEENSY WEENSY VIRUS

“A timely and developmentally appropriate aid for parents and grandparents to help their young children understand what is happening in their lives, and hopefully reduce the anxiety and emotional impact of the epidemic.” — William T. Burke, PhD, clinical psychologist 

“In simple, direct language that respects their ages, this story teaches preschoolers how to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. Its upbeat narrative and delightful illustrations will help young children understand the safety tips and precautions needed for their well-being during this pandemic. The accompanying song, ‘The Teensy Weensy Virus,’ is a fun bonus for readers.” — Barbara H. Dunn, PhD, RN, PNP  

“A soothing story that helps children understand the new world of COVID-19. It provides them with simple, proven steps for taking appropriate precautions, and will ease the anxiety that has accompanied this pandemic. An added benefit is the resource list provided for parents to learn more facts about this new disease.”  — Helen Ragazzi, MD, FAAP

“Sherri Rose uses her characteristic straightforward sensitivity and undying optimism to make the unfathomable fathomable to both old and young. A developmentally appropriate, compassionate, and relatable mark of the times that is sure to be a hit with all generations as we struggle to make sense of the world around us.” — Kathryn King, MD, MHS, Associate Executive Medical Director at the Center for Telehealth, Medical University of South Carolina

“I have two grandsons, three and five years old, and have already pictured reading this to them. This book takes a scary subject and provides beautiful, concrete, age-appropriate messaging about safety measures, protection, and love, all wrapped up in kid-friendly bubbles!” — Carla Nye, DNP, CPNP-BC, CNE, CHSE, associate clinical professor and master’s program director, Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, VCU School of Nursing, Richmond, VA

ADDITIONAL VERSIONS OF THE BOOK

English:
Book 978-1-954003-00-2
Ebook 978-1-954003-01-9
Audiobook  978-1-954003-02-6
Spanish:
Book 978-1-954003-03-3
Ebook  978-1-954003-04-0
Hindi:
Book 978-1-954003-05-7
Portuguese:
Book 978-1-954003-06-4
French:
Book 978-1-954003-07-01
Italian:
Book 978-1-954003-08-8
Simple Chinese:
Book 978-1-954003-09-5