A children’s picture book about Dr. Anthony Fauci is set to publish June, chronicling his rise from inquisitive kid to working alongside 7 US presidents

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Dr. Anthony Fauci in Washington DC on February 25, 2021.

  • A children’s picture book about the life of Anthony Fauci, the US’s top doctor, is set to publish June.
  • It is written by Kate Messner and based on interviews with Fauci. Simon & Schuster is the publisher.
  • It tells Fauci’s life story, from his Brooklyn childhood to working with seven US presidents, Messner said.
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A children’s book about the life of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-diseases expert, is set to be published June 29, publisher Simon & Schuster said Sunday.

The book, titled “How a boy from Brooklyn became America’s doctor,” will detail Fauci’s life from his childhood in New York through medical school, to ultimately working alongside seven US presidents, including President Joe Biden, the publisher said.

“His father and immigrant grandfather taught Anthony to ask questions, consider all the data, and never give up – and Anthony’s ability to stay curious and to communicate with people would serve him his entire life,” the book description says.

Kate Messner, the book’s author, told CNN Business that “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.”

The book is based on Messner’s interviews with Fauci, as well as Fauci’s public appearances, she said. It’s illustrated by Alexandra Bye, a freelance illustrator. Messner revealed the book’s front cover on Twitter Sunday.

“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,” Messner told CNN Business.

The book includes facts about how COVID-19 vaccines work, and Fauci’s tips for future scientists, according to its description.

“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,” Messner added.

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