How to keep the kids occupied under lockdown? A pair of Chicago freelance creatives have designed a free, downloadable coloring book for kids based around the A-Z of coronavirus.
Brian Siedband and Gordy Sang wrote and illustrated the book "Q is for Quarantine" while confined with their own kids. Each letter gets an illustration and copy with a coronavirus theme: For example, B is for boredom, F is for facemasks, T is for toilet paper, U is for underwear (which your parents will be spending more time in), and Y is for Yoda (of course—on Disney Plus). The pair had never put out a kids' book before, so they tapped their friend and children's book illustrator Larry Day to help out.
The project can be downloaded here. The creators are also asking people who download to consider donating to Direct Relief’s Coronavirus Fund, which provides protective equipment like masks and gloves to healthcare workers.
“Normally during times like this—although there’s never literally been a time like this—we’d have sports to distract us, or SNL to make light of what we’re going through. But we don’t have those, so we thought maybe this could provide a short relief from the 'Black Mirror' episode we’re living in,” says Sang.
Siedband adds: “We wanted it to be something kids found goofy and fun, but also have a little edge to it so adults could enjoy it too. Plus since our kids are asking us questions about all the weird stuff happening around us, we thought it could be slightly informative for them."