Virtual: Rajani LaRocca with Melissa Stewart, The Secret Code Inside You

Join us to celebrate the launch of brilliant local author (and MD) Rajani LaRocca's newest picture book, The Secret Code Inside You: All About Your DNARajani will be joined on-screen by award-wnning author Melissa Stewart (Fourteen Monkeys). This event is virtual, free and open to all, hosted on Crowdcast.

Signed copies of the book will be available! Simply request a signed copy in your order notes.

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Learn about the secret code that is DNA in this vibrant and informative picture book!

There's a secret code inside you, a code called DNA.
A code that tells your body's cells what they should do each day.
It looks like twisted ladders, or tiny, twirling noodles.
It makes us into people, instead of into poodles.

Why can't humans breathe underwater? Why are some people tall and others short? Why do we resemble our parents and grandparents? This book explores all this and more in flowing, rhyming text, explaining cells, DNA, and genetics in a way that is simple and easy for children to understand. Colorful and brilliantly illustrated, The Secret Code Inside You illustrates that while DNA may be the blueprint for how a person looks, what you choose to do with your body is entirely up to you!

Rajani LaRocca, MD, was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. She earned a BA and an MD from Harvard, and spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. She is the author of Midsummer's MayhemMuch Ado About BaseballSeven Golden Rings, and Red, White, and Whole. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca.

Melissa Stewart has written more than 180 science books for children, including her newest title Fourteen Monkeys: A Rain Forest Rhyme, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. She co-wrote 5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Enriching Reading and Writing Instruction with Children’s Books, edited the anthology Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep: 50 Award-winning Authors Share the Secret of Engaging Writing, and maintains the award-winning blog Info-licious Inspiration. Melissa’s highly-regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources.  

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Event date: 

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
The Secret Code Inside You: All About Your DNA By Rajani LaRocca, Steven Salerno (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rajani LaRocca, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781499810752
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: little bee books - September 14th, 2021

Fourteen Monkeys: A Rain Forest Rhyme By Melissa Stewart, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Melissa Stewart, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534460393
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Beach Lane Books - July 6th, 2021