Spring 2023

Never Give Up

Dr. Kati Karikó and the Race for the Future of Vaccines

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Meet Hungarian American biochemist Katalin “Kati” Kariko.

She became fascinated by science as a child and grew up determined to find a way to use messenger RNA—a copy of a part of DNA that provides cells with instructions to make proteins—to help fight illness. An mRNA vaccine had never been made before, and she faced frequent criticism and was told by other scientists she would never succeed. Kariko refused to give up her research, and when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she played a critical role in developing the successful Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine faster than any other vaccine in history.

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On pre-order until 03/07/2023
On pre-order until 03/07/2023
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Biography, Diverse Books: Immigration & Refugees, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2023-03-07
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007090, JNF007120, JNF024020
Dewey 572.092 [B]
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Guided Reading Level W
Features Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Reviewed, and Timeline


Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging look at scientific dedication and the timely development of effective vaccines.”—Kirkus Reviews

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.

A Spring Sneak Peek

Can you believe that the year is almost over? If you’re already thinking about all the wonderful books you’ll read next year, you’re not alone! In today’s blog post we’re giving you a sneak peek at our spring titles. Read all of these fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels on the Lerner View →