When the demand for more books increased, the H. E. Butt Foundation became a strategic partner. Leveraging its capacity-building program, which serves nearly 20 local nonprofits, the Foundation provided financial support to help print, produce and disseminate books into communities through this trusted network of local partners.
“The Bexar County Medical Society Alliance is so grateful to the H. E. Butt Foundation and OCD Printing for helping us share this engaging book with families across San Antonio as we face the worst pandemic most of us have seen in our lifetime,” says Craun. “We hope that this has given families an accessible tool for discussing and coping with this difficult new reality.”
Drs. Hilton and Webb, who are also moms, along with illustrator Ashleigh Corrin Webb, hope the book will be a helpful way for parents and kids to talk and share their feelings about the pandemic.
“Many children will experience devastating loss in the form of increased economic hardship, domestic violence exposure, or the death of loved ones to name a few,” said Dr. Webb. “This book was written to help grown-ups educate children about the novel coronavirus, to give children hope, and to empower children with simple ways to make sense of the chaos coronavirus has caused in our society and their homes.”
She created a worksheet page with activities to give child readers creative liberty to express emotions. Cartoon faces are illustrated to help signal that it’s okay to feel the full spectrum of emotions and to grieve all losses, both big and small. Webb said that when kids draw a face displaying how they feel rather than writing or talking about it with a grown-up, it may help them initiate some of those hard conversations.