Science Mag Junior: Helping Kids Make Sense of COVID-19


La Liberté, a Manitoban francophone newspaper, has created and published Science Mag Junior, a bilingual scientific magazine designed and written for children and young people. Clinicians, scientists, artists, and storytellers were inspired to share the most up-to-date evidence on COVID-19 in this second issue. With La Liberté’s fun and compelling graphic storyline, children of all ages can learn about COVID-19 and the best way to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting and spreading COVID-19. Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia acted as a scientific director ensuring the scientific accuracy of the content presented. 

This second issue of La Liberté’s Science Mag Junior takes the most recent and available information about COVID-19 and helps young people understand why current protective measures are needed and how meaningful it is to children, their families and their communities to take appropriate actions against COVID-19. 

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is proud to have supported the development of La Liberté’s Science Mag Junior special first issue (published in May 2020) to help educate young people about COVID-19. The first issue was well received, with 200,000 copies distributed across Canada and internationally. The second issue (Nov 2020) is now available for download (French and English) at

Image credit: La Liberté Newspaper Manitoba with an illustration by Tadens Mpwene

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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