Kati's Tiny Messengers

Dr. Katalin Karikó and the Battle Against COVID-19

by Megan Hoyt

On Sale: 10/03/2023

Kati's Tiny Messengers

Dr. Katalin Karikó and the Battle Against COVID-19

by Megan Hoyt

illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger

On Sale: 10/03/2023


About the Book

From the author of the National Jewish Book Award Finalist Bartali’s Bicycle comes the story of Katalin Karikó, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose research of mRNA led to the world-altering development of the Covid-19 vaccine. Perfect for readers who love science, STEM, and books like Dr. Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor or Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race.

When she was young, Katalin Karikó decided she would study science—even though she had never even met a scientist! But she was determined to learn as much as she could about the human body, and once she made a decision, she stuck with it. Katalin had to learn English while attending university, but she worked hard until she became a doctor.

After facing many challenges, including lack of research funding and harsh immigration policies, Kati and her family uprooted from Hungary and moved to America, where she became a top researcher. 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 work were thrust into the spotlight. But with her unshakable will, she was ready to face the challenge.

Includes a note from Dr. Karikó, a time line, and more information about mRNA.

Critical Praise

“Teachers will want to use this story as model of perseverance and dedication for their lessons; elementary readers will like learning that overcoming obstacles still matters. An excellent addition to collections." — School Library Journal (starred review)

“The author presents clear pictures of her subject’s character as well as achievements. An inspiring profile of a scientist making history.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Concisely telling Karikó’s life story, Hoyt emphasizes that dedication, collaboration, and hard work were crucial to her success. An informative picture-book biography.”  — Booklist

"Hoyt stresses perseverance in this moving biography of scientist Katalin Karikó…detailed text emphasizes Karikó’s arc to professional success." — Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063216624
  • ISBN 10: 0063216620
  • Imprint: Quill Tree Books
  • On Sale: 10/03/2023
  • Pages: 40
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE NONFICTION / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

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