Millions of children going to school this fall will face new routines that could be strange or intimidating for the youngest ones. With the help of Elmo and his mommy, this all new story from world-renowned education brand Sesame Workshop will help children combat school anxiety and understand new experiences like wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing. Heroes Wear Masks reminds readers that it’s super to help everyone stay healthy!
“This is a wonderful book for 3-7-year-old children about going back to school. The book shows Elmo learning about why and how to wear a mask. The book repeatedly shows Elmo taking deep breaths to relax. Handwashing (to the ABC song-for 20 seconds), how to wear a mask, getting your temperature taken and social distancing are all depicted in this story. Everything is presented in a developmentally appropriate way and is fun to read. The book also includes tips for adults to help their children understand the importance of wearing a mask and how to talk to them about going back to school during this time.”
“Elmo is a great character because he is very preschool/Kindergarten like. I love the deep breathing exercises he does when he gets nervous about something throughout the book. This is something we do with the children in person and on zoom to help them relax so they can attend to lessons.”
Would you buy it for yourself or as a gift? I would buy this as a gift for sure. I would love to read this to my students in the near future. Children around the world are experiencing mask, germs and social distancing and this book makes it seem safe and normalizes it for them.
“I highly recommend this book to families of young children. I also think teachers of young children should have this in their library right now and be reading it to their students.”