Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination

Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination

Have you ever had a dream? How did you make that dream come true?

Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, had a dream when he was a kid—to be a star athlete. There was one problem—you have to be big to play sports, but Dave was small!

In Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination, Dave tells the true story of how he turns to running, because you don’t have to be big to be a marathon runner. But you do need to train. And Dave doesn’t do much training before he crosses his first starting line of the Boston Marathon. Which is probably why he doesn’t quite cross the finish line on his first attempt at the famous race. But his Grandpa believes in him, and that’s enough to make Dave train hard for the next Boston Marathon. But will his Grandpa be there to see him succeed?

An inspiring true story about passion, grief, and determination from Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon and world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Hardcover, $16.95
  • eBook, $6.99

Grade Level 3–4

Ages 7–10


Author
   

Illustrator
Ron Himler 

Specs

  • 8 x 11
  • 32 pages

Includes

  • Timeline
  • Maps

ISBN 13

  • Hardcover, 9781619306189

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Have you ever had a dream? How did you make that dream come true?

Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, had a dream when he was a kid—to be a star athlete. There was one problem—you have to be big to play sports, but Dave was small!

In Dream Big: A True Story of Courage and Determination, Dave tells the true story of how he turns to running, because you don’t have to be big to be a marathon runner. But you do need to train. And Dave doesn’t do much training before he crosses his first starting line of the Boston Marathon. Which is probably why he doesn’t quite cross the finish line on his first attempt at the famous race. But his Grandpa believes in him, and that’s enough to make Dave train hard for the next Boston Marathon. But will his Grandpa be there to see him succeed?

An inspiring true story about passion, grief, and determination from Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon and world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist.


Reviews

School Library Journal

“Readers will be drawn to McGillivray’s honest perspective, but their attention will be held by the description of running marathons, the drama of counting down the last few miles along with the text. The significance of strong family relationships and the reality of achieving personal goals make this title ideal for character education or a unit about families. The illustrations are colorful and support the story well. VERDICT A delightful true tale about dreaming big, and the effort and commitment required to make those dreams come true.”

Kirkus Reviews Jan. 15th 2018 edition

“There are many ways to meet a challenge, and they all don’t have to come from inside. Two of the great fruits of McGillivray’s story are that it applies to so many people and it is true. True stories let us know that our dreams really can come true. A salutary, mission-driven tribute to hard work and persistence.”

School Library Connection, March 2018

“This picture book autobiography about accomplished distance runner Dave McGillivray delivers an excellent role model for kids who are on the fringes, empowering them to achieve.”

All About the Books with Janet Squires

“Young readers will discover an inspiring story that carries a strong message of courage, perseverance, and the ability to overcome challenges. Better yet is Dave’s closing remarks as he explains that his dream of becoming an athlete was transformed into an opportunity to provide other athletes with the chance to realize their running goals by his willingness to explore alternate paths to success. Award-winning artist, Ron Himler’s illustrations create a lovely visual journey that serves the text well without overpowering the narrative.”

Peter H. Reynolds, author of “The Dot”, founder of FableVision

“Dave McGillivray’s life is an extraordinary example of a journey switched on ‘maximum.’ DREAM BIG will inspire both young and old alike!”

 



Author-Illustrator

Dave McGillivray

Dave McGillivray is the race director of the iconic Boston Marathon. He is the co-author of The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success. Dave is a world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife Katie. He is the proud dad of Elle, Max, Ryan, Luke and Chloe.


Nan Feehrer

Nan Feehrer is a writer and reading teacher. She studied English, children’s literature and writing for children in the Pacific Northwest and has a master’s degree in elementary education. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband, John and is the proud mom of four kids who dream big and work hard: Derek, Nate, Tim & Izzie.


Ron Himler

Ron Himler has illustrated more than one hundred books for children. His work also appears in art galleries throughout the Southwest. Mr. Himler lives near Tucson, Arizona.


Nomad Press Titles Illustrated by Ron

More Details

Grade Level: 3–4
Ages: 7–10

Specs: 8 x 11 , 32 pages,
Includes: Timeline, Maps,

Reviews

School Library Journal

“Readers will be drawn to McGillivray’s honest perspective, but their attention will be held by the description of running marathons, the drama of counting down the last few miles along with the text. The significance of strong family relationships and the reality of achieving personal goals make this title ideal for character education or a unit about families. The illustrations are colorful and support the story well. VERDICT A delightful true tale about dreaming big, and the effort and commitment required to make those dreams come true.”

Kirkus Reviews Jan. 15th 2018 edition

“There are many ways to meet a challenge, and they all don’t have to come from inside. Two of the great fruits of McGillivray’s story are that it applies to so many people and it is true. True stories let us know that our dreams really can come true. A salutary, mission-driven tribute to hard work and persistence.”

School Library Connection, March 2018

“This picture book autobiography about accomplished distance runner Dave McGillivray delivers an excellent role model for kids who are on the fringes, empowering them to achieve.”

All About the Books with Janet Squires

“Young readers will discover an inspiring story that carries a strong message of courage, perseverance, and the ability to overcome challenges. Better yet is Dave’s closing remarks as he explains that his dream of becoming an athlete was transformed into an opportunity to provide other athletes with the chance to realize their running goals by his willingness to explore alternate paths to success. Award-winning artist, Ron Himler’s illustrations create a lovely visual journey that serves the text well without overpowering the narrative.”

Peter H. Reynolds, author of “The Dot”, founder of FableVision

“Dave McGillivray’s life is an extraordinary example of a journey switched on ‘maximum.’ DREAM BIG will inspire both young and old alike!”

 


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Author-Illustrator

Dave McGillivray

Dave McGillivray is the race director of the iconic Boston Marathon. He is the co-author of The Last Pick: The Boston Marathon Race Director’s Road to Success. Dave is a world-renowned athlete, entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife Katie. He is the proud dad of Elle, Max, Ryan, Luke and Chloe.

Nan Feehrer

Nan Feehrer is a writer and reading teacher. She studied English, children’s literature and writing for children in the Pacific Northwest and has a master’s degree in elementary education. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband, John and is the proud mom of four kids who dream big and work hard: Derek, Nate, Tim & Izzie.

Ron Himler

Ron Himler has illustrated more than one hundred books for children. His work also appears in art galleries throughout the Southwest. Mr. Himler lives near Tucson, Arizona.

Nomad Press Titles Illustrated by Ron