A collaboration between the NYSL COVID-19 Personal History Initiative (PHI) and Summer Reading 2020 came together when State Library colleagues recognized the strong connection between young people documenting their personal history during the pandemic and the 2020 Summer Reading theme of folklore and fairy tales and telling your own story. Learn more about projects kids can do to document their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Children's voices are underrepresented in the historical record but children live through and experience the same events adults do. Hearing their voices will add to the future understanding of life in 2020.
If your child is old enough to write on their own you can encourage them to create their own journal. Adults can assist younger children by asking them questions and recording their answers. All children might want to create drawings or other artwork to add to their journals.
Some questions to help get children started on a journal:
- How did you feel today?
- What has been your favorite/least favorite thing about staying home?
- What questions do you have?
- What would you like to change? What would you like to stay the same?