The new picture book that follows Elmo adjusting to new routines and safety measures at school
As schools, nurseries and activity centres reopen, young children may find new guidelines put in place because of COVID-19 strange and intimidating, but Elmo and his Sesame Street friends are here to help!
Heroes Wear Masks: Elmo’s Super Adventure is a new picture book from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational media organization behind Sesame Street, that will help children manage anxiety and understand the changes they’ll face in their classrooms and playrooms.
In Heroes Wear Masks, children will see Elmo getting ready to head back to school, with some changes to his morning routine. Things are a little different when Elmo gets to school too: their Sesame Street friend will adopt—and adapt to—some of the safety measures kids will experience themselves, including:
- Wearing a mask
- Feeling anxious about leaving home
- Washing hands frequently
- Social distancing—not being able to give hugs or high-fives to friends
- Temperature checks
- New classroom seating arrangements
The book will also feature tips for parents and caregivers, including language they can use with young children around handwashing, face masks, back-to-school anxiety, and other ways to stay healthy.
For more support, parents can find videos, articles, and games on the Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other hub (sesamestreet.org/caring). Created to meet families’ changing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s regularly updated with free resources designed to help caregivers provide comfort, manage anxiety, create routines, and foster playful learning at home.
Tumble Tots do not have to wear face coverings at our classes although those adults attending with their children who are able to should do in line
with official government guidance.
Excerpts from Heroes Wear Masks: Elmos’ Super Adventure are reproduced with kind permission from Sesame Workshop and Sourcebooks Wonderland