Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 11, 2019

Book Giveaway: HER FEARLESS RUN: Katherine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon

Author Kim Chaffee has a new picture book titled, HER FEARLESS RUN: Katherine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon. Illustrated by Ellen Rooney. Page Street Kids has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Kim!

HER FEARLESS RUN: Katherine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon
Pub Date: April 02, 2019 | Page Street Kids | ISBN: 9781624146541

“I didn’t set out to make history; I was just a girl who wanted to run.” —Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer changed the world of running. This narrative biography follows Kathrine from running laps as a girl in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules.

The compelling collage art adds to the kinetic action of the story. With tension and heart, this biography has the influential power to get readers into running. An excellent choice for sports fans, New Englanders, young dreamers, and competitive girls and boys alike.


Her Fearless Run was sparked to life, very appropriately, on Marathon Monday in 2016. I was working on a revision while watching/listening to coverage of the Boston Marathon. Kathrine Switzer had joined the broadcast team as an analyst that year. At one point, she recalled her historic run of the famous race back in 1967 and the moment when one of the race officials tried to rip her race numbers from her shirt and shove her off the course. It was a story that I was not familiar with but, as a runner myself, I was immediately captivated by it. I thought about all of the races that I had signed up for and run in the past. Never once did I wonder or worry if I would be refused because I was a woman.

After a quick search to see if there was already a picture book biography on Kathrine, I was pleased to see that there wasn’t. I knew I needed to write that story. Months and several rejections later, I found Kristen Nobles and Page Street Kids. Kristen felt the same way about Kathrine and her story as I did and I knew I had found the perfect place for my manuscript. Charlotte Wenger joined the PSK team as associate editor shortly after and was essential in making the story shine! And when I thought I couldn’t get any luckier, Ellen Rooney agreed to illustrate!


Kim Chaffee, a life-long New Englander and debut author, is a former second-grade teacher now focusing on writing and being a mom. She holds a BA in history anda master’s in education. In addition to blogging about picture books for parents, teachers, and writers, she runs as well as organizes a local annual race. She lives with her family in New Hampshire.


Ellen Rooney grew up watching the Boston Marathon and now spends her time as an illustrator and designer. She has her BFA from the University of Victoria. Apainter, printmaker, collage artist, and debut picture book illustrator, she now resides in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband.

Thank you Kim, Ellen, and Page Street Kids for sharing this gorgeous biography picture book and its’ journey with us. It looks like a very inspiring book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Congratulations Kim! I know many adult female runners that will enjoy this story.


  2. Such an inspiration for all.


  3. Congratulations for winning the marathon! Wishing you the best of success.


  4. I’m so excited for you Kim, on this fabulous debut! Well done!


  5. Congratulations on your debut, Kim. Such an important story to share with young runners.


  6. Wow, cool debut book subject. My daughter will be making a debut run at the next Boston Marathon. Bets of luck!


  7. What a fun, inspiring story. Thanks Kathy for introducing us to a character and an author who didn’t give up.


  8. Can’t wait to read this inspiring story! Congrats, Kim!


  9. I’ve see quite a bit about this book. What an inspiring story.


  10. I’d love to win this! Shared on FB, Twitter and pinterest.


  11. It would have been funny if you wrote it in one run-on sentence!


  12. I’m so looking forward to this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link to this post:, and pinned an image on Pinterest:
    Thanks again, have a great day!!


  13. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful and inspiring book! Congratulations! Wonderful interview.


  14. wow, unless you look into it, you don’t think about what it took for women to get past things that are so normal now. Here’s to strong women who know they should be able to do something—and do it! 😀


  15. I’m excited to read HER FEARLESS RUN: Katherine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon, because my husband will be in the sea of runners on Monday! I Tweeted!


  16. What a great story to tell children! It’s such a wonderful and inspiring story.


  17. Shared on Twitter


  18. Oh, I’m so glad you wrote this story that every time I hear it both angers and inspires me! Congratulations on this publication!




  20. Congratulations! I love how you checked if there was a book on her and knew you had to write it!


  21. What a great topic for a PB. I’m excited to read it.


  22. This looks wonderful!


  23. Good luck! It sounds like a good read.


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