wade through the pandemic

5-year-old writes book helping kids wade through the pandemic

During tough times many of us turn to books for comfort or an escape. And as we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, our children may need books to help them cope, too. Five-year-old Wade Williams has you covered.

Wade is the author of Wade Through the Pandemic, a 24-page illustrated storybook that the youngster wrote with his father Joshua Williams to help kids deal with this global health crisis.

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The book, which was published in October 2020, was Wade’s idea and he turned to his father to help him bring his vision to life. Wade and his father, who hail from Albany, Georgia, and currently reside in Atlanta, snagged the attention of several news media outlets after the release of the book — including CNN and Southern Living.

“It all started by him saying ‘Dad I really want to help. I really want to help people,'” Joshua Williams told CNN.

The book, which is available on Amazon, tackles tough topics such as Wade’s grandmother getting coronavirus, his mother giving birth to his sister in the pandemic, and major changes in family dynamics. “We’re not sugarcoating that everything is perfect,” Williams said. “Everything is not perfect. But it will be okay.” Shortly after its release Wade Through the Pandemic was #1 on  Amazon in both the category of Children’s New Baby Books and Children’s Action & Adventure Books.

One Amazon reviewer had this to say about the book: “Thank you Wade for helping my 3-year-old twins understand this scary, overwhelming pandemic and why everything has changed… Every parent of a small child should read this!”


Javacia Harris Bowser
Javacia Harris Bowser is a freelance writer, blogger, and the founder of See Jane Write, a website and community for women who write and blog. She's an Enneagram type one and recovering perfectionist. Javacia lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband and right now she's probably eating tacos or listening to Beyonce or both.

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