Grades K-2

Susie’s Song “The Journey of the Germ” Sid the Science Kid – The Jim Henson Company

Country song explaining how germs travel from person to person.

Sesame Street in Communities: Staying Healthy

Videos and activities explaining steps to staying healthy, handwashing videos and activities, and what to do when you are sick. Also provides a video about scary things entitled “Big Bird’s Nest.”

“Germs, Germs, Go Away” Daniel’s Tiger Neighborhood

PBS Learning Media video teaching children to stay healthy by washing their hands.

A short story on how to stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic

Easy read with colorful illustrations designed for young children. Includes printable activity pages for the kids.

A short story featuring the current Covid-19 pandemic

Designed for young children to read. Easy read with colorful illustrations.

Grades 3-5

Biology for kids: Viruses

General overview of what a virus is. Includes a quiz.

Vaccine facts for kids

Interesting facts about vaccines.

A health website for children, teens, parents, and teachers, created by Nemours Children’s Health System. Articles for children include “What are Germs”, “Why do I need to Wash My Hands”, “Flu”, “What’s a Fever”, and “Your Immune System”

The Ultimate Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus

Illustrated guide explaining what is a virus and what is the coronavirus. Discusses symptoms and what your role is in prevention.

Corona comic for kids

Based on a National Public Radio story where the reporter asked experts what children might want to know about the coronavirus. Read online or print a zine version of the comic providing an overview of coronavirus.

News for Kids: Coronavirus

Current news stories about COVID-19 written for children. Routinely updated.

Grades 6+

History of Vaccines website

College of Physicians of Philadelphia Spanish Influenza 1918 exhibit

An overview of what viruses are

Video describing the coronavirus and how it attacks human lungs produced by KQED in California, which produces public media.


Coronavirus—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus—Pennsylvania Department of Health

Website of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dedicated to providing parents a variety of information regarding all aspects of children’s health

Website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Provides a variety of information regarding all aspects of nutrition and diet

Parent Teacher Association Covid-19 Resources

A bridge between parents and teachers, this website provides a ton of PTA (parent teacher association) covid-19 resources to help ensure children are safe and healthy during this pandemic.

Consent Forms

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Get Your Kids Involved!

Do you have children or students in grades K-8 who would like to get involved in reporting? We can give you an assignment! Reach out to Program Manager Mia Blitstein ( to submit your writing and to connect with us.

Our Annual Event Celebration

Please save the date for our annual celebration, when student journalists will share what they endured, learned, and accomplished during COVID-19. This virtual event will be held at 5:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 26. 

Lesson Plans & Activities

Looking for enrichment activities for your students or children? Our lesson plans have been designed for use with Healthy NewsWorks books, newspapers, and videos.

Educational Videos

Paul Offit, M.D., is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. He is the co-inventor of a rotavirus vaccine that has been credited with saving hundreds of lives every day.

Douglas H. Wheelock has been a NASA astronaut since 1998. He has spent more than 178 days in space, including the STS-120 shuttle mission in 2007 and Expeditions 24 and 25 to the International Space Station in 2010. He is a West Point graduate and a retired U.S. Army colonel. He earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech University.

Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and University of Pennsylvania psychology professor. She is also the founder and CEO of Character Lab, which is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing scientific insights to help children thrive. She is the author of “Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance.”

Making a Difference

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Knowledge is power. Our curated list of resources, broken up into suggested age range, can help children better understand the COVID-19 pandemic and other relevant health topics, and can help adults better explain what’s happening. Learn how germs travel, the importance of handwashing, facts about vaccines, and much more.