UPLB free-to-download children’s e-books teach importance of social distancing, face masks

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“Ang Maskara ni Miko” and “Isang Metro: Kwentong Pambata ukol sa COVID-19” were released by UP Los Banos in April 2020. Photo from UPLB.

University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) has published two illustrated children’s e-books explaining practices during the COVID-19 pandemic that are free to download.

The books, released by the Department of Human and Family Development Studies (DHFDS) of the UP Los Baños College of Human Ecology (UPLB-CHE), address the need to explain to young children why they are locked up in houses during the community quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The two storybooks under the “Tsikiting Stories” were both written in Tagalog by Kate del Rosario to help teach children the new habits such as social distancing or the need to wear face masks.

The story “Ang Mga Maskara ni Miko” is illustrated by Rachelle Ann Fabula, and describes a boy being taught the difference between a collection of face masks and the importance of wearing the right one. Download the “Ang Mga Maskara ni Miko” e-Book here.

The story “Isang Metro” is illustrated by Dandin Espina, and follows a girl learning what exactly is the measure of one meter, and why people must stay one meter apart from each other, as well as other good habits to keep up in the era of social distancing. DOWNLOAD the “Isang Metro” e-book here.

Another way to communicate to kids about COVID-19 is through an infographic also made by UP.

Children’s books are often versatile in teaching complex subjects. For example, in the 36th National Children’s Book Day in the Philippines, five books that covered gender equality and the expression of LGBT+ identities and orientations were put on center stage.

Good News Pilipinas recommends more Filipino books to read during the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

UPLB engineers have also developed Venturi’s valve and ventilator splitters and caps to aid COVID-19 patients.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to UPLB for addressing the needs of children at this time of lockdown due to COVID-19.

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