Running with Reed

Be a Better Somebody

Children - Non-Fiction
44 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2019
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Author Biography

Reed Kotalik is a nine-year-old athlete, nine-time National Champion, National Ambassador for the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy, RADrabbit Community Partner, and author. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy nearly five years ago. Since that time, he has refused to let it define him or stop him from being the best brother, son, athlete, and friend that he can be.

Tammi Croteau Keen is an author, poet, and advocate for inclusion, acceptance, and kindness. She strives to tell stories that promote awareness of the many ways in which we are all more alike than different, and that illuminate the "kind" in "humankind."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Reed loves running. He runs around the track and loves it. Though he makes running look easy, there are times when Reed feels weak. Reed has cerebral palsy and he is trying to strengthen his muscles with exercise and training. Reed has big dreams and he knows he has to face the challenges. He dreams of winning in the Olympics. Reed met Matt when he started his training and Matt shows him how to warm up before races. Cerebral palsy can affect people differently. For Reed, it makes his legs unsteady and makes his vision blurry. Let's join Reed on his first race on Thanksgiving morning and be part of his victory.

Running with Reed: Be a Better Somebody by Reed Kotalik and Tammi Croteau Keen is an uplifting and heartwarming story that will give confidence to everyone to overcome the odds and rise above their problems and difficulties. Reed's character is inspiring and will encourage readers to fulfill their dreams and help and inspire others. The illustrations make the concept appealing and make Reed's achievements palpable. It is a wonderful book for all special needs children and will motivate them to challenge themselves to become better and stronger, just like Reed. The book is a must-read and must-have in all school libraries to help children think positively and be confident about themselves despite their flaws, drawbacks, and disabilities. Books like this are good for all children, especially those with disabilities because Reed's story will give them hope, strength, and courage to rise above their problems and pursue their dreams.