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Book: What Happens When School Starts Again

Returning to school is different because of COVID-19, and for kids it can be confusing too. Join Mia and her stuffed giraffe Stuart as they talk about the uncertainties of returning to school, including distance learning, hybrid models, social distancing, and how to be okay — even if things change all over again.

When something big (like a pandemic) happens in a child's life, they often feel like everything they know is thrown into chaos. Kids (like the rest of us) handle change best if they know what to expect, both on a day-to-day basis and long-term.What Happens When School Starts Again explains what kids might be able to expect with the return of school in the Fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, and creates a visual routine that helps kids feel safe.

Join Mia and her stuffed giraffe Stuart as they explain what will be different about school this year, how to cope with disappointment when things change unexpectedlyagain and is and how social distancing, distance learning, hybrid models and safety at school will affect a kid’s day-to-day life. Using an illustrated calendar to explain how a return to school — in whatever form that takes — affects a child’s daily routine,What Happens When School Starts Again focuses on the child’s experience and removes the unknowns from the equation as much as possible. This book shows the benefits of having a daily and weekly plan and sets up parents to show kids exactly what to expect.

“Most of the time we do the same things in the mornings. We wake up. We eat breakfast. (I like apples. Stuart only eats bugs.) . . . When something big changes, what we do each day can change too. Stuart is getting used to some of the changes from the coronavirus. But what he really wants to know is . . . what about school?”

By creating a routine that kids can see and understand, parents can restore a sense of safety and predictability in their kids’ lives, helping them to be more resilient in the face of life’s inevitable challenges.What Happens School Starts Againis the perfect book for families that want to reduce their kids’ anxiety surrounding a return to school, even if it includes learning at home or decisions haven't been confirmed yet. It aims to empower kids with knowledge, which is proven to help kids through traumatic situations.

Aimed at families with kids ages 4 to 10, this method of teaching is based on decades of solid science about how kids learn and cope with the major day-to-day changes that result from life's toughest stuff.

Meet Mia and Stuart
With her messy pigtails and sunny attitude, Mia brings a bit of fun to books about hard topics. Explaining life’s toughest stuff to her toy giraffe, Stuart, Mia is the star of theWhat About Me? book series, where she’s able to help kids feel safe by explaining exactly what they can expect when faced with big changes.

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