Dr. Anthony Fauci, will be featured in a new book about his life called, “Doctor Fauci: How a Boy from Brooklyn Became America’s Doctor.”
Simon & Schuster, the publishing house said Sunday that the picture book, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Alexandra Bye will arrive in bookstores on June 29.
“There’s so much in his story that will resonate with kids today — riding his Schwinn bicycle around Brooklyn to deliver prescriptions from his dad’s pharmacy, playing stickball in the streets of a neighborhood where he learned to get along with all different kinds of people, and always asking questions about the world,” Messner told CNN Business.
Previous children’s books about other modern public figures like the late supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was also from Brooklyn, have found considerable success in the marketplace.
Although the book was not endorsed by Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, who has now served seven presidents, a Simon & Schuster spokesperson said the book was written with his permission and approval, and he and his team were consulted throughout.
“Last spring,” Messner said, when asked about the project’s origins, “I’d contacted Dr. Fauci’s office with a quick question about another children’s book I was working on, about the childhood passions of people who grew up to be great scientists.”
According to CNN, Messner again reached out to Fauci’s office in the fall with the picture book biography idea and asked for an interview.
“I was aware that I was asking for time from someone who was literally one of the busiest people in America as he provided public health guidance during the worst of the pandemic, but I also knew that Dr. Fauci understands how essential education is in public health,” she said.
Messner said she was struck by his “determined curiosity” and his effectiveness as a communicator, CNN reported.
“Before Tony Fauci was America’s doctor, he was a kid with a million questions, about everything from the tropical fish in his bedroom to the things he was taught in Sunday school,” she said. “I’m really hopeful that curious kids who read this book — those we’re counting on to solve tomorrow’s scientific challenges — will see themselves in the pages of Dr. Fauci’s story and set their goals just as high.”