COVID-19 Diary for Kids

April 27, 2020

Many families are staying at home together during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our mission to preserve Newport’s history for future generations, we are looking to create a snapshot of this moment from the perspective of those often underrepresented in the historical record: Children.

This diary is aimed at children in kindergarten to fourth grade. Parents of children learning to write can help their kids by recording responses on their behalf. If you are filling out the diary on a computer, feel free to compile your child’s responses in an email or by filling out this google form. Don’t forget to attach a drawing or selfie! Scroll down to view an example page submitted by Aubrey, age 9.

To download a PDF of the diary page, just click the image below. Submit your PDF or email response to our Photo Archivist Kaela at Please feel free to reach our with any questions. These entries will be collated and preserved in an archive at the Newport Historical Society*.



Banner: A handwritten poem found in the papers of William Engs, Schoolmaster, 82.11.1, NHS Collection


* Please note that by submitting to this project, you will be consenting to a Creative Commons license (CC BY 4.0): This means you retain the copyright of the materials submitted, while also allowing the NHS to include these materials in our permanent collections, and allowing the public to have access to and share, adapt, modify and cite your work. Under this license, the NHS and any other users must credit you and your copyright when making any future uses.