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Children's book released to help kids cope with COVID-19 pandemic

My Hero is You helps explain to children how to protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and some difficult emotions surrounding the pandemic.

My Hero is You helps explain to children how to protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and difficult emotions.

Ario is the fantasy creature who helps navigate these issues. The book is aimed for children who are aged 6-11 and is a project developed by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund and many more.

The book is inspired by more than 1,700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world who shared their way of coping through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents," the World Health Organization said in a statement.

In an effort to reach as many families as possible, the story has been translated into six languages currently, but over 30 more different translations are being developed. 

It is being released as both an online product and audio book.

You can download the book here.

Here are all the versions in available languages.

“This is an important resource for children around the world with a strong message of inclusion at its heart – that this pandemic can only be beaten if everyone is included in its prevention and response. Children, including those who are refugees, displaced and stateless, can help too. No-one is protected unless we are all protected," said Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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