In the spring of 2020, the Covid-19 virus changed the world and made daily life much more challenging. We had to stay apart, away from work, school, and our normal routines. But, all around the world, kids came up with creative and thoughtful ways to help others. From making 3-D printed medical equipment to food bank fundraising to a neighbourhood joke stand, to creating a semi-automatic hand-washing machine, kids made a difference in their communities. Let's celebrate and take inspiration from their stories.
About the author
Erin Silver is a children’s author and freelance writer with 20 years of professional industry experience. Her books include Just Watch Me, What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19 and Proud to Play: Canadian LGBTQ+ Athletes Who Made History. Erin's work has appeared in everything from Good Housekeeping to the Globe and Mail, among others. She has a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a postgraduate journalism degree from Ryerson University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto. Erin lives with her family in Toronto.
- Short-listed, 2021-22 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
"The stories in What Kids Did are an uplifting counterpoint against the news of the day. They also offer a great, approachable way to discuss the pandemic with the young people in your life, and to offer positive, true stories of how even the youngest and smallest amongst us can make a difference."