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11 books to help children cope with school closings, not seeing friends, and feeling anxious

INSIDER Logo By Emily Cavanagh of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 13:  Children's lives across the globe have been upended due to the   coronavirus pandemic.      Schools are closed, children can't have playdates, or    traditional birthday parties, and many are dealing with  anxiety related to the pandemic.   Reading is one way for children to process difficult feelings.  Insider spoke to three teachers about the 11 best books to help young children cope with loss and uncertainty.    Visit  Insider's homepage for more stories.   Children across the world have had their lives upended due to the  coronavirus pandemic. Schools are closed, and children are suddenly  learning remotely from home. Kids can't see their friends, go to playgrounds, have parties, or partake in sports and other activities. Plus there's the added uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the pandemic itself.  "Talking about feelings and practicing mindfulness is more important now than ever for children because there's so much uncertainty," said Melanie Kim, a kindergarten teacher in Silver Spring, Maryland.   To help children cope during this challenging period, parents and guardians should have age-appropriate conversations with them about the pandemic.  Children's books are critical to helping kids cope with loss and anxiety  Books are one tool parents can use to help facilitate those discussions. They can enable children to identify the emotions they're feeling and start to process them.  Insider spoke to three teachers about 11 best books that can help children get through this difficult period. Each book in the list links to a local bookstore in the US that is currently closed, but is still selling products online.

  • Children's lives across the globe have been upended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Schools are closed, children can't have playdates, or traditional birthday parties, and many are dealing with anxiety related to the pandemic.
  • Reading is one way for children to process difficult feelings.
  • Insider spoke to three teachers about the 11 best books to help young children cope with loss and uncertainty.

Children across the world have had their lives upended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Schools are closed, and children are suddenly learning remotely from home. Kids can't see their friends, go to playgrounds, have parties, or partake in sports and other activities. Plus there's the added uncertainty and anxiety surrounding the pandemic itself.

"Talking about feelings and practicing mindfulness is more important now than ever for children because there's so much uncertainty," said Melanie Kim, a kindergarten teacher in Silver Spring, Maryland.

To help children cope during this challenging period, parents and guardians should have age-appropriate conversations with them about the pandemic.

Children's books are critical to helping kids cope with loss and anxiety

Books are one tool parents can use to help facilitate those discussions. They can enable children to identify the emotions they're feeling and start to process them.

Insider spoke to three teachers about 11 best books that can help children get through this difficult period. Each book in the list links to a local bookstore in the US that is currently closed, but is still selling products online.

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