Dear Parents, Teachers, and Family,
The Zoo Is Closed is a simple book meant to help our children and our loved ones understand how important it is to stay home to help everyone stay healthy.
I wrote this book for my son. My son is autistic and has an incredible village of people who teach him, play with him, and love him. He could not understand why, all of a sudden, his school was closed, he could not be with his beloved therapists, his grandmother could not come over, his friends could not visit, and he could not go to his favorite places. I wanted to write him a simple book to help him understand. I am trying daily to juggle my work and his world so he can feel loved and safe, and I hope this book will help some other parents as well.
Staying home helps us all, and as a community, we need to take care of each other during this time. I wish I could help all of the heroes on our front lines, but I can only thank them and use my skills to provide support to those who might need it. Please feel free to share this book and all of the resources with any who could benefit.
My hope is that, just like the friends in this book, our neighbors and community can help with an activity to entertain children and people who need support to control the uneasiness brought by this huge change.
This book strays from the Express Readers’ decodable model, but the topic is important, and the audience for this book needs our support, love, and best efforts.
Thank you, from all of us at Express Readers, for staying home and for taking care of our communities.
All my best,