coronavirus book
Citizens of Can

Stories have always been an important teaching tool for our kids. When it comes to explaining COVID-19 to children, we could use more resources.

Thanks to a grant from Northwestern University, teachers can download a free copy of The Class That Can: Coronavirus by Riya Jain and JJ Vulopas. The book features the “Class That Can,” a group of third graders who are remotely learning during the novel coronavirus. The class is excited to learn from their teacher, Mrs. Can, and her friends Kenneth Fox, MD and Ruchi Gupta, MD, both of whom are real-life pediatricians.

“What makes this book stand out is that it answers questions kids frequently ask in a fun and positive way,” says Ruchi Gupta, MD, a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital. “By focusing on what young people can control and understand, this resource will help teachers and parents support their children through this challenging time.”

The book is available as a free download to teachers, plus libraries and school systems upon request. Good news: Citizens of Can created an exclusive link for New Jersey Family readers! To download, you’ll just need to provide your name and email.

“COVID is affecting us all, especially kids,” says author JJ Vulopas. “New Jersey Family is an important source for so many people, and I’m honored to collaborate with them to also provide a free e-book to their readers to help children and families in New Jersey make sense of all this.”

Paperback books are also available for purchase. For each paperback sold, one copy will be donated to a school.

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