About the Book
Gold Recipient of Mom's Choice Award
This timely, rhyming picture book highlights the everyday heroes who make it possible for society to continue to function during this time of crisis – including diverse representations of mail carriers, teachers, grocery store workers, doctors, truck drivers, maintenance staff, and caretakers. The story ends with a reminder that when children wash their hands and follow pandemic guidelines, they themselves are heroes, too.
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The book was written & illustrated by two college students at the University of Chicago.
Eliana Melmed, Author
Eliana is a senior at the University of Chicago studying Public Policy with a minor in Media, Arts, and Design. She's loved reading and writing since she can remember and has journaled nightly for almost ten years! In her free time, she likes making lists in her bullet-journal and organizing things into small containers. When she's not walking backwards giving campus tours as a Junior Admissions Counselor, you can find her working as an events and student life photographer, preparing for the Moot Court oral advocacy competition, or fiddling around on the violin. She hopes that her book inspires children and adults alike to spend a little bit more time recognizing and thanking their heroes.
Amy Tian, Illustrator
Amy is a senior at the University of Chicago studying Biology and Public Policy. She picked up a paintbrush when she was 6 years old and she hasn't looked back since. Her dream is to blend science, art, and policy together to create a more sustainable world for people and the planet. Through painting, photography, and digital design, she hopes to inspire public action to do good. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, Michigan, and Washington D.C.
In the Press
Listen to our radio feature with the Ellen K. Morning Show on Kost 103.5!
Watch Jamie Lee Curtis read our book for Jennifer Garner's "Save With Stories" program!
Read along to our story with adorable 9-year-old Ysa Manalang!
My daughter is six. Like a lot of kids her age, so doesn't fully understand everything surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Reading books about it to her tend to help her processing what is happening. This one is different like the others I read, because it doesn't focus on the virus per se, but on the everyday heroes that keeps our world going. I found it important to show her this positive perspective on the virus, instead of always focusing on the same things (wear a mask, wash your hands, etc.). It is still in the book, but comes in second.
Melissa, mom & book reviewer
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