Midlakes Elementary School teacher publishes children’s book about children and the pandemic

Midlakes Elementary School teacher Debbi Socha has been teaching for 25 years, and just published a book called “How Much Longer?! (Instead of Are We There Yet?).” It’s about the pandemic.

The story follows a young boy at home watching the world around him as the pandemic unfolds.

Socha wrote the story one night when she couldn’t sleep in March of 2020 after school closed down. She wrote the story on a notepad in her kitchen.




Olympia Publishers published the book and Socha used one of their illustrators to come up with the black and white background concept, while leaving important things colorful.

Socha hopes her book can help parents and children talk about the uncertainty the pandemic has caused.