A blog by Gillian Polding, Area Manager, Children & Young Persons, Buckinghamshire Libraries.

Hi everyone,

I would like to introduce myself as I manage the young people’s library service for Buckinghamshire. This includes Bucks School Library Service.  I hope to be a regular contributor to your forum and am here to help in any way that I can.  In future blogs, I hope to be able to introduce new children’s book titles that you might find useful. One that comes to mind now is:

A free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.

This is freely accessible to anyone, so please spread the word.

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Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

  • What is the coronavirus?
  • How do you catch the coronavirus?
  • What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
  • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
  • Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
  • Why are some places we normally go to closed?
  • What can I do to help?
  • What’s going to happen next?


Buckinghamshire School Library Service

Bucks School Library Service offers professional, friendly advice and practical support on all aspects of library resource provision. We offer the opportunity to hire books from us on an annual basis for your own library, saving you money and reducing the worry of books becoming worn, damaged or out of date. We also offer the termly hire of project collections. A project collection is a box of 20 books which support the teaching of the curriculum in the classroom. Each box is individually made up to the needs of the teachers and age range/ ability level of pupils. If you can’t find a package that meets your individual schools’ needs, we are happy to discuss your requirements with you and come up with a suitable alternative. The majority of our services are also available on a Pay as Used (PAU) basis which gives all schools the opportunity to make use of our resources.

Gillian Polding MCLIP

Area Manager Children and Young Persons

Buckinghamshire Council

01296 382273

Mobile 07720207010


Walton Street Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UA


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