Is your child returning to school this Fall in person?
Kelly Goes Back to School More Science on Coronavirus is the second book written by authors and couple Lauren and Adam Block. I originally saw their first children’s book, Kelly Stays Home in Newsday on May 2020 and was immediately impressed with their mission of helping to educate children about the pandemic.
Kelly Goes Back to School is a well written and beautifully illustrated book about a young girl named Kelly who is returning to school after being home and learning remotely. The book begins with Kelly feeling anxious about returning to school and discussing her feelings with her family. Although Kelly is excited to see her friends and return to school, she doesn’t know what to expect. How many kids will be in the class? Will everyone be spaced apart? Do I wear my mask all day? These are common questions that parents face and although we can answer them with our best knowledge, explaining the reasons behind everything is not always simple.
Lauren Block, a primary physician and Adam Block, a health economist, tackle a variety of complicated topics. They explain these topics and terminology in a way that children can understand and relate to them. The authors also review complex vocabulary such as cohorting, convalescent plasma, viral transmission and fomites. Many children may have heard these words before, but may not fully understand them. After reading this book with your child, there will be a better understanding of these words and how they relate to the pandemic and the transmission of COVID-19. The illustrator, Alex Brissenden perfectly illustrates these complex topics throughout the book.
Kelly Stays Home and Kelly Goes Back to School are also available free as a download! To access the pdf versions of both books, click here.
Would you like hard copy of the book? Both Kelly Stays Home and Kelly Goes Back to School are available on amazon here.
Lauren and Adam Block
Lauren Block MD MPH is a primary care physician, Associate Professor at Zucker School of Medicine, and mom of three. She graduated from Yale College, Harvard Medical School, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Adam E. Block PhD is a health economist, Assistant Professor of Public Health at New York Medical College, and father of three. He received his PhD from Harvard and worked in Washington, DC helping to draft and implement the Affordable Care Act.
Lauren and Adam live on Long Island with their 7 year old twins Brandon and Elise, four year old Jordan and Zoe, the most loved dog in the world.
To learn more about Lauren and Adam Block, visit their website here.
To read more reviews and watch their interview on ABC News, click here.