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Children's Books Can Help Kids Understand New COVID-19 Realities

The holidays are going to look very different this year, and if you have children, it can be a little confusing. Those old traditions, like sitting on Santa’s knee —  not happening. So how do you talk to them about it? Well, books are an excellent starting point.

"So they searched any searched until Santa was found in a enclosed in a place that was clear and quite round. Why is he in there children wanted to know, why is he sitting in a globe filled with snow?"

That’s author Amy Edelman reading from her new children's book, "Santa in a Snow Globe."

The book is her way of helping parents talk about why some traditions might be different this year.

"And I felt that the best way to do that was to kind of put it into a Christmas story," she said. "So it's basically kind of giving kids their vegetables, but in dessert form."

Brandi Stewart is the children’s book buyer at Changing Hands Bookstore. She says she’s seen several books aimed at helping kids understand their new reality.

"We've got 'Good Morning Zoom,' which came out in the late summer and a parody on Good Night Moon, and just all about kids having to do school online now, and not really being able to see their friends."

Not every book that’s on the shelf was written because of the pandemic. Take, Tony Ross’, "Don’t Want to Wash My Hands." That came out a few years ago says Stewart, but was repackaged for this year, because, well, COVID-19. 

To order Santa in a Snow Globe visit,  santainasnowglobe.com

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.