Florida mom writes a book to explain social distancing to kids
By She Jingwei

When the whole world is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, what can parents do to help relieve stress for their children? A Florida mother is hoping to help parents all over the world to explain and teach children about social distancing with her first published book. The book, titled "Billie and the Brilliant Bubble: Social Distancing for Children," is listed as the No.1 new release in Amazon's children's social science book section.

The mother, Tara Travieso, who had never written a book before, has two daughters. She told the media since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, her daily life has been totally changed. She said she was inspired to publish a book during a neighborhood walk she took when all of a sudden she came up with an idea to teach and explain the social distancing to her children with an imaginary bubble.

The story is about a little girl, Billie, and her imaginary bubble. Billie explains the bubble and its purpose to her friends.

"The idea of a bubble was just an idea to paint a picture for young kids who love bubbles," Travieso said, adding that the imaginary bubble will pop if someone gets too close to your own bubble, which implies why kids are not allowed to run up to someone and pet their dog or cat or whatever it may be.

Social distancing: A practice for all

As the coronavirus continues to sweep across the globe, social distancing has become an important public health intervention that can help stop the spread and transmission of the virus, not just in the U.S. but everywhere.

The children's book intends to help other parents around the world better explain social distancing to their children, and in other ways, gives them the confidence to walk around in a bubble and do their best to respect others.

"I'm really hoping it will help other families who are maybe struggling with how to communicate to their kids and teach them how to keep safe space," Travieso noted, adding that if the book can help families move through this troubling unprecedented time, then that is a success.

(Cover photo via VCG)