If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs

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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date Not set

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There is no single path to the job of your dreams.

What does it take to become a stuntperson? How does a mathematician spend her days? When does a barber become the center of a community? In this refreshing take on a careers book, meet twenty-five individuals of different backgrounds, genders, and abilities who have found their careers through a wide range of experience, education, intention, and inspiration. From Joshua Jones, who built a business where he could thrive as a Deaf interior designer, to Teresa Tam, whose hunger for knowledge led her to the position of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, each of these dreamers found ways to dig deep into their passion, to gain experience and knowledge, and to turn that into a job.

In If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It, Colleen Nelson, middle-school teacher and award-winning author of The Harvey Stories and The Undercover Book List, teams up with children’s librarian and literacy advocate Kathie MacIsaac to show young readers that there are many paths to a dream job. Education may come from university, college, trade school, apprenticeship, specialized training, or simply asking questions and getting involved. Your career may be something you’re already dreaming about or something you’ve never even heard of. No matter what, success means feeling happy with the work you do.

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It includes full-color photographs and illustrations, informative sidebars, tips for trying out a field of interest, a glossary, an index, and an interactive quiz. Spotlight features on children and youth who are already gaining experience for their own dream jobs round out this inspirational resource.  

There is no single path to the job of your dreams.

What does it take to become a stuntperson? How does a mathematician spend her days? When does a barber become the center of a community? In this...

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This book is so great! What an inspirational and original premise. Well written and laid out with a variety of professions that any child can find relatable.

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This book illuminates a pile of modern careers and professions in a way that's diverse and accessible for young readers. Each job is described with just the right amount of detail, and then on the same page spread, there are bullets about related jobs, plus interesting anecdotes. This is all enhanced with photos and vibrant illustrations,

Kids will pick up this book and browse it, stopping a jobs that appeal to them. They'll learn of jobs they'd never heard of, let alone considered. And they'll see a diverse range of people who do these interesting jobs. Every reader will find themselves in this book. Good job, Colleen and Kathie!

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What a great way to learn about different careers and jobs and find out how to make your dreams come true.
With 25 people of many genders, abilities and backgrounds featuring their career paths and how they made their dreams come true. Even if your 3rd- 8th grade reader doesn’t see the job of their dreams highlighted, this is a great way for intermediate readers to be exposed to the variety of life paths and how those adults found their way to be successful.

We really enjoyed the WIDE variety of the careers that were featured. From a human rights lawyer to a farmer, a smoke jumper and an ornithologist. These are super exciting people!! (I am totally second guessing my current career 😊)

What a fresh book and a great way to start learning about potential dreams.

Grateful to have received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley & Pajama Press.

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I received an electronic ARC from Pajama Press through NetGalley.
Nelson offer readers a look at twenty-five people who pursued careers they felt fit best. Each page spread offers a brief biography of the person, fun facts text boxes, other jobs that connect to this field, and frequently, another person who has pursued a similar career. Reades are challenged to think about their own interests as they read through and then at the end when possible future careers are listed. This book encourages readers to think for themselves and learn about a wide variety of options for their future. The short textboxes wrapped around the text work to hold middle grade interest. A terrific addition to the biography section for libraries.

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If you can Dream It, You can do it exceeded my expectations. Not only does it show case people with different careers and how they got there, they included spin off careers that may be exactly what the child/teen is looking for.

I also really enjoyed how there were careers for all post secondary education levels. University is not for everyone and that's okay.

A great tool to open one's mind to the many many careers out there that you may never have even heard of.

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Reading recommendation: If You Can Dream It You Can Do It by @colleennelsonauthor and @kathiemacisaac

I bet you this non-fiction book will be on all the award lists in the coming year!

Publisher: @pajamapressbooks
Ages: 8-12

Mini-biographies of twenty-five individuals of different backgrounds, genders, and abilities. Theme: jobs and careers.

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If you have kids who worry about what they might be when they grow up, this is the book for you! Thorough information about how people prepared for and got their jobs, how they knew that's what they wanted to do. A really good mix of jobs that require college and trades. Several classic jobs and many jobs you wouldn't think of. My favorite part was the spin off jobs that people don't even usually realize exist. So many options opened up!

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