School in the Time of Coronavirus by Emily Mazzulla Ph.D. {Children’s Book Review}

School in the time of the coronavirus

School in the Time of Coronavirus by Emily Mazzulla Ph.D.


Book Summary:

School is starting and the coronavirus is still in the community. Maria, an elementary school student, is worried about what it will be like to go back to school after staying at home for so long. As the first day of school approaches, Maria and her mom discuss the parts of school that will be the same and also new rules that were created to keep kids safe. They also talk about how Maria is feeling, what she is thinking, and what she can do during this time of transition.

School in the Time of the Coronavirus is a must-read children’s book for all elementary school kids, their parents, and teachers preparing for the return to school in the fall of 2020. Written by Emily Mazzulla, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, an expert in the field of trauma and resilience, and mother of three, this beautifully illustrated book gives children, parents, and teachers a relatable format to talk about the transition back to school. A useful reference for building resilience in children is provided at the end of the story to support adults with this transition too!

Publication Date:

July 30th, 2020


Children’s Picture Book

Talking Points:

Transition Back to School During COVID-19, Coping Skills & Resilience Building.

Purchase Your Copy:

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My Review:

school in the time of the coronavirus

Starting School During COVID-19:

Like many families, we are beginning to prepare for the start of the new school year, with our first day being just a couple weeks away. We live in Vermont where because of our current health data, our school district is offering a hybrid model. This means that our kids will be learning remotely 3 days a week and attending school in smaller groupings 2 days a week – with the goal of working towards being fully in person (especially for younger children) if the data continues to stay low. (Families were also given the choice of learning fully remotely if that made the most sense for their family’s individual needs.)

While the big questions are slowly getting figure out(what days the kids will be at school vs. at home) the ever-present worry of what it will feel like for the kids is definitely taking up a lot of space in my mind. As someone who deals with anxiety and also parents a child with anxiety, we have many conversations in our home about what things will look like before they happen. In this instance, we have had a lot of conversations, but with this being an unprecedented time, many parents don’t know the answers either.

School in the time of Coronavirus

Author & Friend Emily Mazzulla…

I first met Emily Mazzula when our youngest son was in preschool and when she reached out this summer and shared that she was publishing a book about going back to school during COVID-19, I couldn’t wait to share more about it here. Not only is Emily a fellow mom but she is also a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and resilience. This book could not be coming out at a better time, as so many families are dealing with the anticipation of starting school with so much unknown.

School in the Time of Coronavirus is a children’s picture book that helps parents talk with their kids about the transition back to school and how to build resilience during these challenging times. It’s accessible, gorgeously illustrated by Antonija Marinic, and has such wonderful talking points.

Emily Mazzulla

Building Resilience:

In addition to validating many of the thoughts and worries children might be having about the transition back to school, Mazzula includes helpful resilience-focused coping strategies, both throughout the storyline and also in an informative guide at the end made especially for parents and/or caregivers.

I highly recommend this for families of all ages but this would be particularly helpful for pre-K and elementary-aged children. It is the perfect balance of being reassuring while also normalizing something so many of us are currently thinking about.

Thank you to author Emily Mazzulla for writing such a timely and thoughtful book and for helping families have these important conversations. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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