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Something Strange Happened in My City

by: Dr Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
California State University, Fullerton

30 March 2020

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This book is for parents, guardians, and educators to help children aged 3-8 understand the coronavirus pandemic. This can be a scary time for children and they may not understand why they need to stay indoors, or what is going on in the world. One of the best ways caretakers can help young children cope is by sharing age-appropriate information, reassuring their safety, and learning about the many people working to fight the virus. 

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About the author

Dr Shu-Chen “Jenny” Yen is an associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, California State University, Fullerton. She created and shared her first social story with the public for the 911 terrorist attacks by the al-Qaeda on the United States on September 11, 2001. To date, she has created several social stories for young victims who were impacted by typhoons, earthquakes, hurricanes in Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the USA. With trauma-informed care practice in mind, she hopes this social story can help children living in the impacted areas find love and courage. She was the 2018 P.E.A.C.E Award recipient from the Peace Educators Allied for Children Everywhere (P.E.A.C.E.) She is nominated by the Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities (EPCC) for the 2020 Honor an Early Childhood Educator Award, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC).