COVID-19 continues its spread across the world, disrupting every aspect of life, including books and reading. We’re covering the effects of the pandemic on the literary world, and of course, recommending books to read while we’re all practicing social distancing (you are practicing social distancing, right?). This post will automatically update with new COVID-19-relevant content as we publish it. Stay safe, friends, and wash your hands!
Book Clubbing During A Pandemic: The Online/Offline Experience
A reader and book club host weighs in on the pros and cons of in-person vs virtual book club meetups in the time of COVID-19.
Support And Hope In The Philadelphia Book Scene
The Healing Verse Philly Poetry Line is just the latest way that the Philadelphia book scene is sharing hope and supporting citizens.
Why Are Chicago Public Libraries Still Open Amid Soaring COVID Rates?
Demand an explanation for why Chicago Public Libraries are open to in-person services while COVID positivity rates soar above 15%.
How to Make a Children’s Book Museum COVID-Compliant
A reader visited the Story Museum in Oxford, England to learn how the space modified its “interactive” exhibits for COVID-19 compliance.
How the Pandemic Has Changed Our Reading Lives
Real readers weigh in on how the stress and new routines of the pandemic have changed how much we’re reading—and what we’re choosing to read.
Libraries Reopen in COVID-19 Hot Spots: Are Library Staff Being Protected?
In considering whether staff are being protected as libraries reopen during the pandemic, we take a look at some Arizona libraries.
Quaranzines are Popular and Libraries are Noticing
Quaranzines collecting people’s quarantine experiences are growing in popularity, and provide important information, and libraries are noticing.
A New Role for Little Free Libraries
Taking a look at some of the helpers who are turning their Little Free Libraries into Little Free Pantries to help neighbors in need during the pandemic.
As Bookstores Reopen, Stores Seek Safe Practices
As bookstores reopen, owners are prioritizing safety for employees and customers above all else. Find out what’s happening from the sources.
Librarians in Phoenix Become Healthcare Workers
With no city public health department, the City of Phoenix repurposes librarians as public health workers.
Amid a Pandemic and Information Crisis, FL Library Funding Demolished
A line-item veto by Governor DeSantis in Florida demolishes funding for online learning and information accesss.
6 Free Children’s Ebooks on the Coronavirus
Give the little ones some tools to better understand this unprecedented event with these free children’s books about coronavirus.
Lockdown Summer: Literary Translation Events Online
Lock-downs and shelter-in-place rules have changed the landscape of literary events. In response, these literary translation events have shifted online.
J.K. Rowling Releases Serialized Novel THE ICKABOG
JK Rowling announces a new children’s book, The Ickabog, to be published for free online.
How Public Libraries Are Handling Summer Reading During COVID-19
Find out how some libraries are shifting summer reading programs into digital spaces, maintaining their communities, and learning from the process.
Essential Until We’re Not: An Angry Librarian On the Disregard for Library Staff Safety
A library worker on the dangers librarians face as people in positions of power demand they return to work with little concern for library staff safety.
Taika Waititi Leads All-Star Reading of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH to Fund COVID-19 Relief
Taika Waititi will lead an all-star reading of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH on YouTube to fund COVID-19 relief.
6 Ways to Maximize Your Reading Time During the Pandemic
How are you getting creative with reading time while staying at home? This reader has some tips for maximizing your pandemic reading time.
Chicago Public Library Calls Staff Back to Work, Plans Full Reopen June 1
Chicago Public Library calling back staff endangers them — as much as opening for scaled-down regular service June 1 endangers its communities.
How Does Your Quarantine Read Compare to Your Desert Island Read?
Consider your desert island reads. Now, think of the books that have helped you out of a quarantine slump. Do they match up?
HAMILTON Broadway Recording Set for Accelerated Release
The film version of Hamilton will debut on Disney+ on July 3, over a full year ahead of the originally planned theatrical release.
Independent Bookstores to Shop at While Sheltering in Place
There are many ways to support local indies, but first, you need to find one. We’ve got a big list of independent bookstores online and ready for orders.
Andy Serkis Will Read THE HOBBIT for the NHS
Andy Serkis will read THE HOBBIT online as a fundraising effort to benefit the NHS.
Bookish Crafts to Do in Quarantine
If you’ve been bitten by the crafting bug, but don’t want to make a run to the store, try these 10 bookish crafts you can do in quarantine.
How Local Literary Communities Can Find Strength During Social Distancing
A local virtual book club strengthens the local literary scene, cultivates a diverse community, and celebrates the power of stories and books.
Daniel Radcliffe Leads All-Star Harry Potter Read-Along
Daniel Radcliffe will lead an all-star read-along of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
The Stay Home, Stay Reading Virtual Initiative to Support Authors
Stay Home, Stay Reading is a virtual project initiated by two Pakistani writers to support authors unable to promote their books due to the pandemic.
6 Books That Prove Doctors are the Real Superheroes
Doctors are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a selection of books about doctors that illustrate their strength and courage.
How to Find Bookish Joy in a Time of Quarantine
One reader shares personal stories about how she’s finding bookish joy during these dark days of shelter in place and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Random House Children’s Books Launches MAGIC TREE HOUSE Home Adventures
Random House Children’s Books will launch Magic Tree House Home Adventures, an online program of activities, crafts, recipes, reading challenges, and more.
Parenting During a Pandemic: Books That Can Help You Get Through This
Desperate times call for some outside help. These books might be able to help you re-center yourself and take a breather while parenting during a pandemic.
A Flowchart for Making Impactful Purchases at Your Indie Bookstore
Looking for ways to support independent bookstores through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond? Consider this flowchart for impactful purchases.
Fighting Back With Books: 5 Nonfiction Works that Challenge COVID-19-Inspired Racism
These nonfiction books about racism toward Asian Americans are all too timely as the COVID-19 pandemic incites xenophobia and attacks.
Virtual Book Events You Can Attend From Home
Missing your bookish community during these quarantine days? These virtual book events bring the convention to your home!
Prison Ereaders and Tablets Should Be Free During COVID-19
PEN America, ALA, and other advocate groups for First Amendment rights demand fees for prison tablets–a vital tool for accessing information–be dropped.
Bookish Virtual Scavenger Hunt Ideas: Social Distancing for Book Lovers
A literary virtual scavenger hunt is a brilliant way for book lovers to stay connected with their friends—and their books—during COVID-19 social distancing.
20 of the Best Free Kindle Books You Can Read in Isolation
These twenty great free Kindle books are available to read free on your Kindle through Prime, Unlimited, sales, or your local library’s ebook collection.
Book Releases Delayed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Find out which of your most anticipated 2020 book releases are delayed due to COVID-19 — and when they’re coming out now.
Lionsgate Offers Free YouTube Showings of Four Popular Films
Lionsgate will stream four of its biggest films for free on YouTube for the next four Fridays.
Every Library Institute Creates HALO Fund for Librarians and Library Workers
The Every Library Institute has launched the “Help A Librarian Out” (HALO) fund to benefit librarians and library workers affected by COVID-19.
Get Yourself Some #SocksForBinc!
Libro.fm has partnered with a range of artists to create 10 pairs of socks for book lovers; profits will support booksellers impacted by COVID-19.
Welcome to Comics School, Kids (and Adults Too)!
The DC Comics Kids Twitter account is posting a variety of free activities throughout the day and there’s something for kids and adults alike.
Pulitzer Prize Awards Announcements Postponed
The Pulitzer Prize Board has postponed the announcement of the winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Grant Will Help Disabled Authors Promote Their Books
Coalition of National Arts Grantmakers Launches Emergency Artist Relief Fund
Coalition of National Arts Grantmakers has launched an emergency relief fund for artists struggling during COVID-19.
How Audiobooks are Getting Me Through COVID-19
Audiobooks have allowed this Rioter to continue reading throughout this crisis, and to continue reading in the way that makes her happiest.
3 Ways to Spend a Bookish Birthday During Quarantine
Whine. Watch all the adaptations. Aggressively hint about wishlist books. It’s your party and you’ll be bookish if you want to.
These Artists Are Making Free Coloring Pages For You To Enjoy
These coloring sheets by beloved artists are freebies and will keep you busy for hours getting creative.
Wizarding World Introduces Harry Potter at Home
Wizarding World of Harry Potter introduces Harry Potter at Home, a new collection of free resources for readers and educators.
Free Books for Kids: Great Resources for Ebooks and Audiobooks
There is already a decent amount of free books for kids available online, and now there has been a recent expansion of available resources.
What To Do If You CAN’T Read Right Now
Can’t read lately as a side effect of COVID-19 stress? Here are some way Book Rioters are embracing stories while they can’t read during social-distancing.
Dolly Parton Will Be Reading Us Bedtime Stories Every Week
Dolly Parton will be reading children’s books in a 10-week program called Goodnight with Dolly, part of her Imagination Library.
Why Reading Pandemic Lit Gives Me Hope
Pandemic lit has always been my favorite kind of reading because these stories, even at their darkest moments, give me hope for what is to come.
Little Free Libraries Turning Into Little Free Pantries Amid COVID-19
The Little Free Library community has identified an incredible way to give back to their neighbors by turning their LFLs into Little Free Pantries.
11 Literary Quotes That Speak to the COVID-19 Pandemic
If there is a motto for the current situation it must be, “We are living in uncertain times.” Here are eleven literary quotes for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authors Push Back Against “National Emergency Library”
Authors are pushing back against The Internet Archive’s “National Emergency Library” for infringing on their copyright.
Barnes & Noble Closes 400+ Stores; Employees Question What Happens Next
Bookselling giant Barnes & Noble began laying off employees this week as over 400 stores closed due to COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders.
10 Best Bookish Podcasts for Distancing Yourself From the News
When you need some time away from the headlines, check out these literary podcasts for stress relief, with topics ranging from library chat to teen horror.
How to Support Authors With Books Out During Social Isolation
If you’re looking for ways to help support your favorite authors while social distancing limits access to new releases, check out this guide.
So Many Free Books From Simon Teen To Read Right Now!
Simon Teen is offering more than twenty books and excerpts to read for free right now!
5 Bookish Ways To Stay Connected Amidst Quarantine
Creative ways to keep your book life alive during quarantine.
Cheryl Strayed Giving Dear Sugar Advice This Friday
Dear Sugar is back! Cheryl Strayed is giving advice as Sugar this Friday on the first episode of Live Wire House Parties.
Quarantine Reading List: What We’re Reading While We’re Practicing Social Distancing
Looking for a quarantine reading list? Book Riot contributors list the books they’re planning to read while they stay home and practice social distancing.
Advice From WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING on Coping With Social Isolation
One reader takes solace in and shares some advice on social distancing from WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING.
7 of the Best Educational Comics for Your New Homeschooling Journey
School has closed and the kids are quarantined at home? We have the best educational comics to start your sudden homeschool journey (and save your sanity).
Quiz: Which Book Series Should You Marathon Read During Social Distancing?
If you want one less thing to think about, including which book to read next, work your way through these book series to read while social distancing.
How PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Characters Would React to Social Distancing
Wondering how your favorite PRIDE AND PREJUDICE character would react to COVID-19 related social distancing? Cue dream sequence.
Pennsylvania Library Creates a Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
A Pennsylvania library created a Hogwarts digital escape room; boredom be gone, we’re headed to Hogwarts!
Scribd is Offering 30-Day Access to Their Catalog For Free
Scribd, the audiobook, ebook, and magazine subscription service, is offering 30 days of free access to their entire library of titles.
Audible Launches Audible Stories for Children and Teens While School is Out
Looking for ways to entertain kids and teens at home? Audible has launched Audible Stories, a free service that offers family-friendly educational and entertaining audiobook content.
Haymarket Books Offering 10 Free Ebooks to Support Social Distancing
You can now download ten free ebooks on social and economic justice from Haymarket Books to read while social distancing.
You Can Now Catalog Unlimited Books For Free With LibraryThing
Good news quarantined bookworms: LibraryThing is now free! Add, catalog, and organize unlimited books while stuck at home.
Chicago Public Libraries Need To Close Now To Save Lives
Why are Chicago Public Library branches still open to the public during this global health crisis?
12 of the Best Cookbooks for Quarantine Cooking and Prep
Whether you need to put together a shopping list, stock up the pantry, or use what you’ve got, these quarantine cookbooks are here to help.
Kidlit Combats Coronavirus
Nicole and Matthew discuss the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of racism and social media, how the virus is impacting school kids and families, and how the kidlit community is responding.
Comix Chronicling the Time of COVID-19
Artists and writers are chronicling their journey with COVID-19 in interesting and thought-provoking ways. Pass the time with these COVID-19 comics.
Quiz: Which 500+ Page Book Should You Read While You’re Quarantined?
If you too are stuck at home, we’ve got some long and compelling books you might be interested in picking up to help pass the time.
Powell’s and McNally Jackson Staff Laid Off Amidst COVID-19 Closures
The two major independent booksellers are laying off employees as they close their physical shops in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Free Resources on the Coronavirus Pandemic to Help You Stay Informed
We’ve rounded up free resources on the coronavirus pandemic to help you stay informed, from news outlets and newsletters to podcasts and more.
Taking Fictional Characters Down with Me: 9 Closed-Space Books for Quarantine Reading
Feeling a little trapped inside and twiddling your thumbs? Relatable! These closed-space book recommendations make for perfect quarantine reading.
With COVID-19, Library Staff Should Not Be Required to Report to Work
Breaking down the many reasons why library staff should not have to report to work as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 on a global level.
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner Launch #SaveWithStories in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner have partnered to launch #SAVEWITHSTORIES in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazon Sees Influx of Self-Published, Plagiarized Coronavirus Books
Amazon has been flooded by an influx of self-published books on coronavirus, many of which are plagiarized or contain false information.
Kid Lit Authors Stepping Up During the COVID-19 Crisis and Quarantine
Amid the COVID-19 crisis and quarantine, kidlit authors are offering read alouds, drawing lessons, and other free resources for education and entertainment.
7 Short and Soothing Poems to Recite While You Wash Your Hands
When you’re looking for some comfort and some way to keep track of time spent washing your hands, try these short and soothing poems.