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WATCH: Trevor Romain’s ‘How to Explain Coronavirus to Kids’ Animated Short

Simple stop-motion short film, by best-selling kid’s author and illustrator, helps parents explains, and children understand, about slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Best-selling children’s author and illustrator Trevor Romain has just shared with AWN a charming new short film, How to Explain the Coronavirus to Kids. The simple, easy to understand stop-motion and live-action film helps children understand about the coronavirus outbreak, answering important questions that kids may ask, like: What is coronavirus? Why is school or daycare closed? Why can't we even go to the playground?

“I wanted to create an animated infographic to help kids understand the Coronavirus,” Romain tells AWN, “but we didn’t have time to go the traditional animation route and static pictures would have been tedious to watch. So, I filmed myself drawing the pictures to add an animated feel to the piece.”

According to author, “The video was mostly created using an iPhone camera and a MacBook. And due to limited supplies, because of the Coronavirus isolation, I did the paintings on the back of some of my wife’s cardboard, exercise-class, and workout lists. She still doesn’t know.”

Romain is also making available free of charge two books he wrote and illustrated, “Webster” and “Gone,” part of his company’s commitment to helping kids be happier, healthier, resilient and more confident. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Trevor Romain Company would like to offer our support to educators, school counselors, parents, guardians and especially kids,” he adds. “To inspire children and help them remain happy, healthy and confident during this difficult time, and to encourage families to read more together, we are making two of our popular children's e-books, ‘Webster’ and ‘Gone,’ available free of charge.” The books are available directly on the company website,

The company's subsidiary brand, Comical Sense by Trevor Romain, will continue to offer the author’s award-winning animated series at $1.99 each via Google Play, Apple TV and YouTube as well as music videos, free downloadable worksheet activities, and free coloring pages to download.

Source: The Trevor Romain Company

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.