Now Streaming in Austin: "How to Explain the Coronavirus to Kids"
Austin kids' author Trevor Romain is here to help
By Richard Whittaker,
2:30PM, Tue. May 12, 2020
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It's tough enough for adults to deal with what's going on in the coronavirus pandemic: Imagine how hard it is for small children. That's exactly what child advocate and writer Trevor Romain has done.
Born in South Africa and now living in Austin, Romain is an award-winning author, illustrator and filmmaker behind dozens of books and videos for kids, and they're created with a purpose: To explain complicated and often difficult issues to youngsters in a way that makes big problems a little bit easier to understand. He's taken on issues like bullying, stress at school, feeling out of place, and even how to handle a death in the family when you're young. Through his Comical Sense series for PBS he's tackled all those issues and more, and he's even established a non-profit, the Comfort Crew, which helps the children of military families deal with the specific complexities of growing up in such a unique and challenging environment.
So, of course, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, Romain picked up his pen, paper, and watercolors, and created a new Comical Sense chapter about coronavirus. It's child-friendly guide to what this disease is, why everyone is staying home, and why it's OK to be upset about going through so much.
You can watch the short down below, and find more of his work at www.trevorromain.com.
"How to Explain the Coronavirus to Kids"
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