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Anjali is a brave girl, but like many kids, she's nervous about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Join Anjali on an inspirational journey as she learns about how vaccines work, why we need so many, and about the scientists who created them.

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What readers are saying

Amazon CustomerInformative, educational book

I read this book to my child, who enjoyed looking at the pictures. The book has scientifically sound information, presented in a simple, understandable way. It's an important contribution towards the health of children. The topic is very timely and relevant from a public health perspective.

Amazon CustomerGenuine, Informative and Inclusive

This is a great book for kids regarding vaccinations and fear of the unknown about vaccinations. Presents an inclusive and relatable experience for children to learn and critically analyze their feelings about vaccinations. This book could also be helpful to adults who are experiencing similar fears and questions. Thank you for giving us this book! Vivid colors and illustrations make it a great read for kids

GoodreadsPerfect read aloud to share with your child

Perfect read aloud to share with your child or storytime group. The illustrations help to tell the story and the content is age appropriate from 4 through 4th grade. While it is specific to the Covid vaccine the message is appropriate and relevant for all vaccines. The perfect supplement to any child's book collection.

Amazon CustomerA welcome addition to my home library

My 6 year old and I love this book! The story and illustrations are beautiful. We admittedly needed to read it over the course of 3 reading sessions because it’s longer than a 6 year old’s attention span but as a parent I appreciate the authors’ ambitious purpose. I recommend the book to every family - vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.

Amazon CustomerColorful and informative

This is a book that you can read with your child. I love how diverse the children are. I find the information accurate and digestable. If you're struggling to find a way to talk about this to your children, this is the way to do so - it has all the answers!

Goodreadschildren's book designed to educate the adults reading it!

The entire time I am reading this I was thinking that this is a children's book designed to educate the adults reading it! Comparing the COVID-19 vaccine to the previously so widely accepted vaccines was wonderful. The message was simple and there is no need to worry about the science being 'over the head' of the child. Also, a great conversation starter for kids and the reader.
Nobody wants to get a shot. But this clearly illustrates why they are so very important.
Every pediatrician should have copies of this book in their waiting room.

Amazon CustomerUrgently necessary, delightfully educational!

This book by two brilliant doctors is a wonderful educational tool and fun story for kids and adults alike! Learn something about health and vaccines with this delightful book, and also enjoy some diverse representation!

GoodreadsThe illustrations are vibrant and colorful

This charming picture book helps young readers learn about the history of vaccines and modern vaccines like the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, to teaching children about vaccines, it also shows kids that it is ok to ask questions if they are scared or are unsure about something. The illustrations are vibrant and colorful making this a great addition to any bookshelf in a classroom, library, or home.

Goodreadsthe simplest way how vaccines work

This is a wonderful book for children to learn all about vaccines. It tells in the simplest way how vaccines work through questions six-year old Anjali asks her doctor when she goes with her father to get her first COVID-19 shot. Though fearful at first, Anjali becomes more comfortable when she understands how vaccines work.

Meet the

Dr. Adjoa Smalls-Mantey, MD, DPhil, is a physician-scientist and writer. She conducted viral immunology research for many years and currently practices psychiatry in New York City. Her mission as a writer is to empower people by sharing information about health, wellness, and mental illness. Dr. Smalls-Mantey loves art and enjoys travelling.

Dr. Maria Abraham, MD, MPH, is a public health physician who has spent her career working in Asia and the United States. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations. Dr. Abraham is a mother to two boys who keep her busy and always entertained. She and her family enjoy traveling the globe and eating their way through the wonderful neighborhoods of New York City.