Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! This is the FIRST Perfect Picture Book Friday of 2023 – and it’s special for another reason. I love lifting up new books…and it’s always a thrill when the book is written by a friend…and even more exciting when it’s a friend I’ve met in person! In 2019, I attended the NESCBWI conference in Springfield, Massachusetts – presenting at three workshops with my debut picture books…and also attending that conference was Kim Chaffee with her debut picture book, HER FEARLESS RUN: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon. And now this talented author has another fabulous book: COURAGE IN HER CLEATS: The Story of Soccer Star Abby Wambach! If you leave a comment and share on social media, you might be the lucky winner of a copy!
COURAGE IN HER CLEATS: The Story of Soccer Star Abby Wambach
Written by Kim Chaffee
Illustrated by Alexandra Badiu
Published by Page Street Kids
Themes: Gender equality, sports, mighty girls
Synopsis: From Amazon:
As a child, Abby Wambach was loud and clear about what she wanted and what she didn’t, and she didn’t want to be left out of any competition―especially soccer.
In this powerful biography, readers will dance and dart down fields with Abby as she slingshots–balls thwump… whiz… whoosh–straight into goals, sweating and scoring her way from school league leader to U.S. Women’s National Team star.
The story follows Abby through both success and setbacks because while even pro athletes miss goals, face losses, and can get injured, determined Abby has always been tougher than her toughest challenge.
Readers will cheer on this talented fan favorite as she kicks the legendary U.S. Women’s team toward Olympic fame, while also being reminded that there’s just as much inspiration in Abby’s struggles as in her victories.
Why I Love This Book:
1. I love stories that show that nothing is impossible if you can imagine it – stories that can inspire young readers to follow their dreams – books with heroes who prove that one person can make a difference.
2. I love the flow and pacing of the story – and the text is filled with heart and humor.
3. The illustrations are fabulous – and they engage the reader and keep you turning the pages.
And we are so very lucky because Kim stopped by to share a little bit about her path to publication for this book:
KIM: Unlike Her Fearless Run, Courage in Her Cleats was difficult to draft. It was challenging to find the through line, the heart of the story. Abby was such an incredible athlete, but a book about how awesome someone is isn’t a very compelling angle. I had to dig deeper to present Abby’s soccer story as one kids could connect with. I’m excited for readers to experience Abby’s story, to learn that even Olympic and World Cup Champions suffer setbacks, and to be reminded that they can accomplish anything once they uncover the courage to try.
ME: I love this, Kim! As writers in this business, we often deal with rejection and set-backs – it’s so important to remember that if we don’t give up, we can reach our goals!
SOCCER AND FOOTBALL CRAFTS
Photo courtesy: https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/football-crafts-soccer-crafts/
Here you go, my friends! More than a dozen awesome craft activities with a soccer/football theme for kids. And I love the website: https://www.muminthemadhouse.com/football-crafts-soccer-crafts/
I’m so excited about Kim’s book – I hope you will be, too! It launches on January 10th and you can order it at your Indie bookstore as well as on Amazon where you can also leave a review. Reviews are so very important for the success of a book – and they only take a few minutes to post. If a book hasn’t launched yet, you can leave a review on Goodreads. And you can also help your favorite authors and illustrators by requesting their books at your local library!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Please be safe.
I enjoyed HER FEARLESS RUN and I know I’ll enjoy this latest book, too!
Abby lived in my hometown, and went to Mercy high school. She was a positive role model for my daughter at the school.
Um…wait…was this book written just for ME? Okay, okay, I know it wasn’t. But soccer is one of my greatest loves. Can’t wait to read this one.
Kim and Vivian—I. Love. It! I have already pre-ordered and plan to request it for my local library. I was lucky enough to be able to read a draft of this fun and inspiring book at our local critique group! Abby is AWESOME and such an excellent role model for kids, whether they play soccer or not.
I can’t wait to read this inspiring story! I have followed her career and incredible accomplishments—yes, an incredible athlete and role model!
I love that you focused on overcoming setbacks. We all have them and it is important to learn from them and move on. I can’t wait to read it.
Great book! Congrats, Kim!
Congratulations, Kim! Sounds like a great book!
Good work – love the cover! Will request library purchase it.
Looking forward to reading this one!
This sounds like such an inspirational book for all kids! Who am I kidding, we all need a little inspiration like this when we face challenges.Congrats to Kim and Alexandra!
I know so many little soccer fans who will be inspired by this book. Congrats to Kim. Looking forward to reading it.
Congratulations Kim and Alexandra! Can’t wait to read this inspiring story! 🙂
Looks like a great book, Kim. Congrats. And I love the activities, Vivian.
Sounds like a great story. I must look out for it and order it for our library. I also love the activities.
Learning to overcome setbacks, whatever form they take, is a life lesson. This sounds perfect for creating classroom discussions.
I found it interesting to learn that Kim was challenged to find the heart of the story. I am now even more intrigued to read the book. I enjoyed reading Her Fearless Run.