Adaptations of "My Hero is You!" - Country level Initiatives
My Hero is You is a a book written for children around the world affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This book has been translated in more than 125 languages, dialects and in Braille - transcript in English, as well as adapted in different ways to reach as many children across the world as possible.
In 2021,the story-book My Hero is You 2021: How kids can hope with COVID-19, a sequel to the immensely successful ‘My Hero is You: How kids can fight COVID-19!’, was released in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Translations and adaptations for the new story-book are also available.
The new story, aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years, sees the return of Ario, a fantasy creature who travels the world helping children find hope in the future and joy in simple pleasures. Together with old and new friends, Ario addresses the fears, frustrations and concerns faced by children during this phase of the pandemic and explores with them the various coping mechanisms that they can use when faced with difficult emotions like fear, grief, anger and sadness. Through the voices of the children that Ario meets on his travels, the book provides a vivid illustration of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health and well-being of children.
These projects are developed by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (IASC MHPSS RG).
Highlights: one year on from the release of the IASC MHPSS RG children’s storybook on COVID-19 in April 2020. A report documenting the impact and country reach of an IASC resource on COVID-19.
A team, led by Stanford Medicine’s Maya Adam, adapted the story into a short animated film, with input and oversight from the IASC Mental health and Psychosocial Support Reference Group, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The film aims to convey messages of hope, resilience, solidarity, and empowerment to children and their caregivers around the world.
Faculty at Stanford Medicine, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine served as advisors on this film. The animations were done by Chaz Bottoms, Matt Torode, and Monica A. Young. To learn more about this project: https://stan.md/2EhQNRF
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This film is an adaptation of the children’s book, My Hero is You 2021, to send a message of hope to children all around the world. A team led by Stanford Medicine's Maya Adam adapted the My Hero is You stories into short animated films, with input and oversight from the IASC MHPSS RG, UNICEF, and WHO. Faculty at Stanford Medicine, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine served as advisors on this second film. Animations for My hero is You 2021 were led by Matt Torode of Tincup TV, with special contributions by Chaz Bottoms and CBA Studios. The original musical score was composed and performed by Misha Seeff. This 4-minute film aims to convey messages of hope, resilience, solidarity, and empowerment to children and their caregivers worldwide.
Created by Child Protection Area of Responsibility.
Created by the Norwegian Refugee Council in Gaza.
- Arabic with the narrated story and descriptions of book illustrations
Created by Kids For Kids Story time.
Created by the Youth Union of Uzbekistan. Story read by the actress.
Created by Translators Without Borders and the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Technical Working Group in Maiduguri Nigeria.
Created by UNICEF South Sudan.
Created by Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link
English Audiobook My Hero is You 2021. Storytelling by Helen Patuck. Audio editing and sound design by Filippo Monico at Camden Records Audio recording by Marco Simioni at Camden Records. Opening music created by Elisabeth Patuck.
Created by the Center for American Indian Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An inter-tribal workgroup convened to re-write this story and create illustrations that represent indigenous peoples, values, and communities.
This short animation explains the development and global impact of the children’s storybook: My Hero is You: how kids can fight COVID-19! The story book, aimed at children of 6-11 years, explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. At the time of the video’s production there were more than 120 language translations available, making it one of the most translated stories in history. Numerous adaptations are produced based on the story, such as: podcasts, radio broadcasts, educational materials, readings, braille transcripts and sign language videos.
We wish to express gratitude to the following people and organizations for their contributions to this video, in order of appearance:
- Zimbabwe Blind Women Trust
- Norwegian Refugee Council
- Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Maya Adam (MD) and Stanford School of Medicine
- WHO Country Office in Mongolia
- WHO Country Office in Suriname
- By Kids For Kids Story Time
- Department of Child Psychology and Education, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul
- Humanity & Inclusion Middle East Regional Program
- Asma Shalayel
- WHO/PAHO Country Office in Brazil
- Mochamad Ariyo Faridh Zidni