written by Ohemaa Boahemaa, illustrated by Joyeeta Neogi
*Disclosure: I was gifted a copy of the book by MCBD Platinum Sponsor Language Lizard. All opinions are my own.*
Part of the Language Lizard Explore Series which helps readers discover the world around them, Vaccines Explained is a straight-forward and timely picture book that explains the importance of vaccines, how they work, and their history.
Vaccines Explained was written by Ohemaa Boahemaa, from the Rutgers School of Public Health, who studied cellular and molecular biomedical sciences at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University.
The book starts by explaining that vaccines are a special kind of medicine that help the body to not get sick, and goes on to explain how viruses enter the body, multiply and destroy cells.
Vaccines Explained then briefly goes into the history of vaccines and how scientists over the years have managed to develop vaccines against many dangerous illnesses, such as polio, smallpox and measles.
Vaccines Explained tells readers that people of every age can get a vaccine and that we even have vaccines for our animals.
With simple text and vibrant illustrations featuring a diverse cast of characters, Vaccines Explained appeals to a wide range of readers, from preschool to middle school, and makes it perfect for teaching. We particulary loved the diverse representation. The book comes with audio, a lesson plan with extension activities, a glossary and a list of further resources.
Vaccines Explained is currently available in English and in Spanish/English but will soon be published in the following bilingual editions: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, and Vietnamese.
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These books are great and so needed during these times. Great review, thanks so much for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!