Kati's Tiny Messengers: Dr. Katalin Karikó and the Battle Against COVID-19
Author: Megan Hoyt
Illustrator: Vivien Mildenberger
This amazing picture book biography shines a spotlight on Dr. Katalin Karikó, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose research of mRNA led to the world-altering development of the COVID-19 vaccine. Includes a note from Dr. Karikó!
When she was young, Katalin Karikó decided she would study science—even though she had never met a scientist! But she was determined to take in as much information about science as she could, and once she made a decision, she stuck with it. And she eventually became a doctor.
After facing many challenges, including having to learn English at university, lack of research funding and harsh immigration policies, Kati and her family left Hungary and moved to America. She knew that, with work, she could teach one of the building blocks of life, messenger RNA, to fight off harmful viruses. There was just one problem—no one else believed her.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and Kati and her research were thrust into the spotlight. But with her unshakable will, she was ready to face the challenge and knew that she would be able to fight this virus . . . and win.
Written by critically acclaimed author Megan Hoyt and illustrated by Sibert Honor–winning artist Vivien Mildenberger, this picture book biography is a perfect companion to Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America's Doctor.