Our current period of extended quarantine and self-isolation is disconcerting for adults, so imagine how this uncertainty can feel for children, especially those too young to fully understand what's going on. With most schools closed, parents are looking for ways to keep their kids occupied, educated and happy and reading a good book can not only provide some everyday joy, but a sense of stability if it's worked into a daily reading-time routine. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of wonderful children's books for various ages, created by SVA alumni and faculty, that will help put your child's mind at ease. Even if you don't have kids, consider helping out friends that do, with Facetime, Zoom, or Skype calls, and start a storytime chat to assistant and comfort during this challenging time. Don't forget, we're all in this together.
Big Cities Little Foodies: Tokyo is an illustrated board book series, designed to share Asian culture and diversity with children. Each book is filled with vibrant and fun illustrations to introduce little ones to early learning concepts, rich culture and world travel.
Illustrated by Isabel Foo
Little Picnic Press
Board book, $12
Let’s Go to Taekwondo! A Story About Persistence, Bravery, and Breaking Boards emphasizes self-confidence, determination and the value of family.
Little Heroes of Color: 50 Who Made a Big Difference educates and inspires by showing readers 50 trailblazers from a range of races and ethnicities.
Board book, $10.99
No More Monsters Under Your Bed! is a whimsical book meant to help parents put their kids to bed, complete with fun, magical no-more-monsters patches children can attach to their own pajamas.
Page Street Kids
This feature is an adaptation of an article in the Spring 2020 edition of the Visual Arts Journal.