Understanding Viruses, Epidemics, and Pandemics

There’s a lot we don’t know about COVID-19, but looking at the way viruses work and studying past large-scale disease outbreaks can help us understand more about our current situation.These nonfiction books are available for free check-out with your Wilmette Public Library card through our digital services Hoopla and/or Digital Library of Illinois (accessible on mobile devices with Libby, by OverDrive).

 

An American Plague

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

By Jim Murphy

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Audiobook

It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. This killer has a name—yellow fever—but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. Traces the devastating course of the epidemic and offers a glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing parallels to modern-day epidemics. Suggested for grades 5 and up.


Engineering Solutions for Epidemics and Pandemics

Engineering Solutions for Epidemics and Pandemics

By Kara Rogers

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book

Explores epidemic and pandemic threats and approaches to disease detection, prevention, and surveillance, relating them to concepts that lie at the foundation of STEM education. It also describes the steps readers can take to prepare for disease outbreaks. Suggested for grades 5–8.


Epidemic, Pandemic, Should I Call the Medic?

Epidemic, Pandemic, Should I Call the Medic?

By Baby Professor

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book

What is the difference between epidemics and pandemics? Learn the difference and more in this biology book for kids. Suggested for grades 3–5.


The Flu Pandemic of 1918

The Flu Pandemic of 1918

By Kristin Marciniak

Hoopla E-Book

Explore the tragedies and triumphs of this disaster, how it helped shape the world as we know it, and how what we've learned from it has made the world a safer place. Suggested for grades 5–8.


Global Pandemic

Global Pandemic

By Allan Morey

Hoopla E-Book

Viruses and bacteria can mutate and move easily from one person to the next. Vaccines and other forms of prevention help fight these vicious pests, but pandemics have hit the world and killed millions. A global pandemic is explored, from how it could start to how we might fight the spread. Suggested for grades 3–5.


Influenza: How the Flu Changed History

Influenza: How the Flu Changed History

By Barbara Krasner

Libby/OverDrive E-Book

The influenza epidemic in 1918 killed more people than World War I. Read this book to learn more about the history of this infectious disease. Includes read-aloud audio. Suggested for grades 3–5.


The Science of a Pandemic

The Science of a Pandemic

By Robin Koontz

Hoopla E-Book

Discusses the science behind pandemics and their effects and examines the deadliest pandemics in history, explaining how these diseases spread so quickly, and showing how scientists are working to prevent and contain future disease outbreaks. Suggested for grades 4–7.


Surviving a Killer Virus

Surviving a Killer Virus

By Charlie Ogden

Hoopla E-Book

Young virologists will picture themselves as the hero of their own story. They'll learn how viruses spread, how to avoid contamination, and the best way to battle and perhaps conquer an invisible killer. Suggested for grades 3–6.


Tracking an Epidemic

Tracking an Epidemic

By Tamra B. Orr

Hoopla E-Book
Libby/OverDrive E-Book

Readers are tasked with following clues and using the scientific method to find out what happens during the spread of an epidemic. Suggested for grades 4–6.


Understanding Viruses with Max Axiom, Super Scientist

Understanding Viruses with Max Axiom, Super Scientist

By Agnieszka Biskup

Libby/OverDrive E-Book

Join Max Axiom as he explores the science behind viruses: how viruses attack our bodies and what we can do to protect against them. This graphic novel features videos, writing prompts, discussion questions, and a hands-on activity. Suggested for grades 3–5.

 

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