COVID-19 Children's eBook Competition

Coronavirus -19 (COVID-19), a highly infectious and potentially deadly virus, was first identified in patients in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has rapidly spread around the globe. The virus has caused massive disruptions in daily life for persons from all walks of life and age groups, and it dominates media coverage and personal conversations. Suddenly, individuals and families are facing stay-in-place orders, travel bans, sickness and even death among family and friends, concerns about job security and finances, and the list goes on.

During times of crisis, young school-aged children are particularly vulnerable to anxiety and stress. The COVID-19 pandemic can be scary for this age group. Children can be supported by providing age-appropriate information on the situation, guidance on actions to keep them safe, and reassurance that many people are working to fight the virus and end the pandemic. Age-appropriate books are an excellent way to provide information to children on COVID-19, but there are few available.

EGHI invited interested writers and illustrators (or aspiring writers and illustrators!) to write and illustrate a children’s eBook aimed at providing age-appropriate information for children ages 6-9 on the COVID-19 pandemic. The eBook submission guidelines required books to include age-appropriate, factual information on COVID-19, reassure the reader they are safe and that it is ok to feel upset, and describe actions taken by medical professionals and others. Other content could also include behaviors to help them stay safe and healthy such as appropriate handwashing techniques, social distancing, healthy diets and rest.

The winner received $10,000 plus online publication of their eBook on the EGHI website, social media platforms, and all EGHI promotional materials. Additionally, four books were selected to receive an honorable mention award of $1,000. 

Grand Prize Winner

COVID-19 Helpers was written by Beth Bacon and illustrated by Kary Lee. 

"I hope kids will feel proud about the contributions they are making. Staying away from school, missing sports games, skipping birthday celebrations — those are real sacrifices. These kids are not doing “nothing.” Kids make up an important part of an overall strategy to reduce the spread of this disease through social distancing. Until we find a medical solution, each of us has a part to play."

Read "COVID-19 Helpers" (PDF)

Where to buy

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Honorable Mentions

Bray Bray Conquers the Coronavirus
Bray Bray Conquers the Coronavirus

Written by Ashley Maxie-Moreman and illustrated by Joanah Whitely

Read "Bray Bray Conquers the Coronavirus" (PDF)
Together: Living Life with COVID-19
Together: Living Life with COVID-19

Written by Kevin Poplawski and illustrated by Michael Rausch

Read "Together: Living Life with COVID-19" (PDF)
We're Going to Be O.K.
We're Going to Be O.K.

Written by Dr. Ebony Jade Hilton and Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb // Illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin Webb

Read "We're Going to Be O.K." (PDF)
What Color Is Today?
What Color is Today?

Written and illustrated by Alison Stephen

Read "What Color is Today?" (PDF)