#MCBD2022 Book Review: Vaccines Explained

with 1 Comment


Vaccines Explained


Vaccines Explained

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.

Language Lizard is a leading supplier of bilingual products in over 50 languages. The company provides award-winning bilingual books and audio resources to schools, libraries, literacy organizations, and families. Language Lizard offers culturally responsive teaching materials, multilingual posters, and free multicultural lesson plans to support diverse classrooms and homeschoolers.




Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year!


This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.


MCBD 2022 is honored to be Supported by these Medallion Sponsors!


SUPER PLATINUM: Make A Way Media  PLATINUM: Language Lizard 

GOLD: Barefoot Books, KidLitTV, Candlewick, Capstone, Abrams Books

SILVER: Pack-n-Go Girls, Charlotte Riggle, Kimberly Gordon Biddle

BRONZE: Carole P. Roman, Patrice McLaurin, Dyesha and Triesha McCants/McCants Squared, 

Redfin.com, Redfin Canada, Redfin Mortgage, Redfin/Title Forward, Create & Educate, Star Bright Books, 

Vivian Kirkfield, Dr. Eleanor Wint, Kind World Publishing, Snowflake Stories, Lisa Wee, SONGJU MA,

Melissa Stoller, J.C. Kato and J.C.², Crystel Patterson, Audrey Press, Pragmaticmom, TimTimTom, Wisdom Tales


MCBD 2022 is honored to be Supported by these Author Sponsors!


Charlene Mosley (official MCBD2022 Poster Creator), Illustrator Isabelle Roxas (Class Kit Poster Creator)

Alva Sachs, Brianna Carter, Ebony Zay Zay, Rita Bhandari, Gwen Jackson, Lois Petren/The 5 Enchanted Mermaids, Valerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Josh Funk, Afsaneh Moradian, Eugenia Chu, Maritza Martínez Mejía, Diana Huang, Kathleen Burkinshaw, CultureGroove, Sandra Elaine Scott, Dorena Williamson, Veronica Appleton, Alejandra Domenzain, Lauren Muskovitz and Sandfish Publishing, Tonya Duncan Ellis, Kimberly Lee, Susan Schaefer Bernardo & Illustrator Courtenay Fletcher, Nancy Tupper Ling, Winsome Hudson-Bingham, Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett, Sivan Hong, Michael Genhart, Debbie Dadey, Elizabeth Cureton, Stephanie Wildman, Maryann Jacob, Sherri Maret, Rochelle Melander, Dia Mixon, Kiyanda and Benjamin Young, Shereen Rahming, Linda Thornburg and Katherine Archer,  Rebecca Flansburg and BA Norrgard , Maxine Schur  Natalie McDonald-Perkins


MCBD 2022 is Honored to be Supported by our CoHosts and Global CoHosts!


MCBD 2022 is Honored to be Supported by these Media Partners!


Check out MCBD’s Multicultural Books for Kids Pinterest Board!


FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day:


Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents

Homeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Activism and Activists Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Empathy Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Kindness Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Physical and Developmental Challenges Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Poverty Kit

FREE Homeschool Diverse Kidlit Booklist & Activity Kit

FREE Teacher Classroom Raising Awareness on Systemic Racism in America Classroom Kit

Gallery of Our Free Posters

FREE Diversity Book for Classrooms Program


Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party!

Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!


Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

*You can buy any of the books on this site from Amazon USA by clicking on the book titles or images.*
*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.*

One Response

  1. Frances
    | Reply

    These books are great and so needed during these times. Great review, thanks so much for joining us for Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

Leave a Reply