Never Give Up
Dr. Kati Karikó and the Race for the Future of Vaccines
The first-ever picture book biography about Dr. Katalin Karikó, winner of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Growing up in a small Hungarian town, Kati Karikó was curious about everything. As an adult, she channeled her curiosity into her work as a scientist. An mRNA vaccine had never been made before, and she faced frequent criticism and was told by other scientists she would never succeed. After many years of hard work and dedication, she figured out how to use mRNA to make a vaccine—and when a deadly virus called COVID-19 started infecting millions of people, Kati’s invention turned out to be exactly what the world needed.
Never Give Up is the inspiring true story of a determined scientist who proved that a little bit of curiosity and a lot of hard work can save lives.
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Picture Books, Science|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||40|
Author: Debbie Dadey
Debbie Dadey is an author of early readers and graphic novels including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids Graphix Chapters Books. She lives in Sevierville, Tennessee, with her husband Eric and their dog Carmen.
Illustrator: Juliana Oakley
Juliana Oakley is an illustrator based in Bahrain who loves to work with color. She draws inspiration from her family, from travels, from nature, and childhood memories. Her illustrations often start from pencil sketches and are then finished digitally.
Narrator: Stephanie Nemeth-Parker
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Never Give Up
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- NSTA/CBC Best STEM Books Award
“[A] fascinating and up-to-date choice for primary science, health, and women’s history units.”—Booklist
“Bright, beautiful illustrations are rendered in pencil and finished digitally. . . . Informative as well as inspiring, this book shows how Karikó’s tenacity is proof to never give up. A first purchase for all biography collections.”—starred, School Library Journal
“An engaging look at scientific dedication and the timely development of effective vaccines.”—Kirkus Reviews