This story was developed to help young children and families talk about their experiences and feelings related to COVID-19 and the need to shelter in place. In the story, the coronavirus has spread to Littletown causing changes in everyone's lives.
We hope this story helps families to talk with each other about their own unique stories, the hard times, the good times, and the ways that they were together. We also hope the story helps adults feel less alone.
Along with the book, there is a separate booklet of specific questions that young children may have. Parents can look through this booklet and choose pages they want to include in the story or use the booklet separately with their children. There is also a separate parent guide. You can download each file separately, or download a combined file that contains all three.
Tailoring the Book to Your Community
We recognize that different communities around the world have different levels of the virus and different rules related to wearing masks. We also wanted children reading the book to be able to see the character's faces and relate to them. In the booklet, we included the page (shown on the left) that helps your child and family talk about where the mice should be wearing mask and add them. We hope this is helpful and that it leads to important conversations about the virus and how we try to keep each other safe from the virus.
NOTE: If you feel the book is very useful and would like to help us develop other language versions, please click the right button under the image above.
Click on the image to preview and on the green buttons to download a print quality version.
NOTE: Story and booklet updated January 12, 2021.
January 12, 2021, we updated the story to reflect change related to the development of the vaccines. The following pages changed.
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Update June 24, 2020
The story launched April 19, 2020 and has since been accessed from this website by over 35,000 unique users. It is also being downloaded from nctsn.org. The website was updated on 4/27/20 to make it secure. Before that, Facebook data showed that over 1100 of you had shared this story. Our little friends are supporting families in all 50 states, as well as in DC, Puerto Rico, and 123 other countries. If you feel the story is useful, please share it, so it reaches families. We would appreciate it if you would link to it from our website rather than uploading it as this allows us to track usage and understand where people are using our stories.
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The development of this story was supported in part by the Irving Harris Foundation and by grants made to the Early Trauma Treatment Network (ETTN) at the University of California, San Francisco and the National Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reﬂect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
Special Thanks To:
Mindy Kronenberg, Beth Grady, George Grady, Ann Chu, Brooke Kimbro, Lauren Gourley, Lili Gray, Michelle Harvey, Heidi Hills, Gabriela Mendoza, Courtney Naliboff, Heather Nelson, Resa Sandora, Christine Vélez for pilot testing and providing feedback and input on earlier drafts of the story.