Thursday, 16 April 2020

Thanks for visiting the Brummie version of Coronavirus A book for children.

The video book was put together by me, (adopted) Birmingham mum, Ali.

It also features my 4-year-old daughter Brummie born Asha who asks the questions in the book.

My husband Paul provides some of the voices of the illustrated characters. This was something new to him. He works for Jacobs the engineering company.

I read the pdf book to Asha a couple of days after it was published. I’d been searching for the words to try and explain everything to her. I hoped this would help. It did.

A couple of days later, without any prompting from me, she asked me to read it to her again, twice in a day. She later commented on the Coronavirus news on the radio.

She seems to be coping with lockdown well, but she must be thinking about it a lot. She’s also missing her friends.

I’m staying safe at home with Paul and Asha, but I’ve wanted to do something to help people. I thought that a video of this important book would help grown-ups who can’t or feel uncomfortable reading aloud. It may also give parents and carers 15 free minutes in the working day. The juggle is real!

If you would like to download the pdf of the book please go to A fixed format eBook is also available for free download from all eBook retailers including Amazon.

The illustrations in the book were drawn by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Since having Asha I have become very, very familiar with his and Julia Donaldson’s books. They have a canon of work, probably more than Shakespeare!

Coronavirus A book for children was written by staff within the publishing company, Nosy Crow, with expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who acted as a consultant. Two head teachers and a child psychologist also gave their advice.

I think it’s fantastic that so many people have offered their skills and their time to produce this for free. Nosy Crow do politely suggest at the back of the book that families might want to make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful:

On a personal note, thank you to Nosy Crow for giving me permission to use their book. Thank you to my family for their voices. Particularly thank you to Paul for parenting over the Easter weekend whilst I spent time in a dark room recording and editing.

I hope the video book helps you and your family.

Take care and keep safe.



  1. My 7 year old daughter was really engaged listening to the book recording. I think it really helped hearing another child ask questions as she doesn't get the opportunity to talk about Coronavirus with her friends. Thanks Ali, Asha & Paul!