We’re giving away FREE children's books to families in lockdown

Chris Stead
 | Updated July 1, 2021

We’re giving away FREE children's books to families in lockdown

Chris Stead
 | Updated July 1, 2021

Sydney-based children's picture book publisher hoping to ease the stress for locals during COVID lockdown with free kids books.


  • Old Mate Media is a Sydney-based children’s book publisher.
  • We have two books designed to help families get through lockdown.
  • We are giving away these books for free to help our fellow locals.
  • They available on Amazon via Kindle or the Kindle App.
  • The deal runs from 5pm Monday June 28 to 5pm Saturday July 3.
  • Please help us spread the world and send parents here to get the books.
  • Get Superheroes Wear Masks here and Ultimate Isolation Activities for Kids here.

Here we go again. Sydney’s most recent COVID lockdown could not have come at a worse time for families, kicking off right at the start of the school holidays. With sport, camps and holidays all cancelled, parents have been left scrambling for last minute ways to save their sanity. Not just to keep kids who are trapped indoors entertained and happy, but to ensure they’re not scared by all those big adults wearing masks.

Chris and Kate Stead, founders of Old Mate Media on the Northern Beaches, are such parents. With three kids aged under ten and a small business to operate, the chaos Sydney’s COVID lockdown creates on the home front is one they know all too well. So how could we help?

Free Kids Books for Lockdown 2

Free kids books for lockdown

During the 2020 lockdowns, we created two books to help families get through the emotional rollercoaster.

Ultimate At Home Activities for Kids – This book provides 14 themed-days of activities that can all be done from home. Everything you need is within, including instructions and links. This takes all the hard work out of having to think of what you’re going to do over the course of the day, and will ensure your kids have plenty to do. More info.

Superheroes Wear Masks – If you have a child that struggles with the idea of adults wearing masks, then this children’s picture book will help. It is designed to help kids understand why masks are sometimes necessary. It highlights, alongside beautiful art, jobs that require people to wear a mask every day even when there is no COVID. People they know. It empathises with kids while being educational, helping them understand why masks aren’t to be feared. More info.

Free Kids Books for Lockdown 1
In order to help our fellow Sydney-siders get through the COVID winter woes, we have made the digital version of both these books free for a limited time. The books can be downloaded at no cost between 5pm Monday June 28 and 5pm Saturday July 3.

They can be purchased through Amazon either directly on a Kindle or via the Kindle App available on phone and tablets. If you’re unsure how to do it, we have a helpful guide. We also have a range of other books that are more focused on adventures and exploration that you may also enjoy.

Best of luck with your lockdown experience. We hope our books have helped.

Chris Stead

Chris Stead is an award-winning author and editor with over 26-years of experience in the publishing industry. After publishing over 1000 magazines and launching a dozen commercial websites, fatherhood saw him turn his attention to the world of children's picture books and self-publishing. He now makes books for himself and countless indie authors around the globe.

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