Wade Williams and his father Joshua wrote an amazing storybook to uplift others amid the coronavirus crisis.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
October 23, 2020
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During these trying times, we've found ourselves turning to the "comfort food" literary classics to instill hope in our hearts or simply remind us of the eternal struggles and blessings of life. We've read and reread and reread yet again Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea. J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. All of our Southern Living cookbooks from our childhood.

Hoda Kotb's compendium of quotes I Really Needed This Today and new collection, This Just Speaks to Me, have also been, well, just speaking to us. But what about chicken soup for the kiddos' souls? We think we just found the perfect storybook: Wade Through the Pandemic—available on Amazon Prime for $13.99—by five-year-old Wade Williams and his father Joshua Williams, who hail from Albany, Georgia and currently reside in Atlanta.

As we learned from Savannah's WTOC 11, the thoughtful youngster initially approached his dad about the idea of creating a book to help others navigate this difficult moment in history. "When I heard about it, I was shocked a little bit, like, wow, really somebody so young that just is really thinking about others,” Joshua told the news outlet. The 24-page illustrated book tackles topics such as Wade’s grandmother getting coronavirus and his mother giving birth to his sister amidst the global health crisis. Praising the book, one Amazon reviewer beautifully wrote, "Thank you Wade for helping my [three-year-old] twins understand this scary, overwhelming pandemic and why everything has changed. I'm so happy I saw this on Atlanta Meme's IG! Proud of my hometown keeping 'each one, teach one' alive! Every parent of a small child should read this!"

Clearly, Wade and Joshua Williams have touched many readers with their heartfelt creation. “It feels good,” Wade told WTOC 11 of getting his book out into the universe. And quite the book it's been: Currently, the tome is #13 overall on Amazon for books and #1 in both the category of Children's New Baby Books and also Children's Action & Adventure Books.

Not too shabby an accolade to add to your resumé at the ripe old age of five. Congratulations to the Williams family—here's to a happier sequel in brighter days ahead.