Running Book for Kids: Pellie Runs a Marathon

My husband bought me the cutest kids book a few months after our oldest son was born in 2011 – Pellie Runs a Marathon (by Michele Bredice Craemer):

One of the things I am MOST grateful to my parents is my exposure to sports from a young age.  They didn’t force a sport on my sisters and I.  Instead, we were given and shown a wide range of sports from when we were first old enough to understand them.  Basketball, softball, football, running, golf, bowling, soccer, dancing…We played/did them all.  Basketball was my first love and lasted until sophomore year of college.  It wasn’t until that point – and then even more-so during my time in the military and deployments – that my love for running began.

My husband and I are not going to push running, or any other sport for that matter, onto either of our boys.  But, just as both our parents did with us, we’ve already begun introducing a handful of sports to our oldest whether through activity outside with his bat and ball, watching football on the couch with daddy, or reading a book about marathons.

My oldest son (turns 2 next week) began saying, “Mommy running” when he sees me in my running shorts and sneakers.  He happily kisses me goodbye at the door when I leave for my morning runs. I love that he knows what I’m doing now – and this book is the perfect example for him of what I do, how I feel, and how happy running makes me.

Pellie Runs a Marathon takes readers along Pellie’s marathon journey – mile by mile.  The first few miles she’s happy and passing friends, but then she begins to tire and lose some energy.  Pellie keeps pushing on (as we all do during a marathon) and before she knows it, she crosses the finish line.

This book is FILLED with lots of life lessons – for both kids AND adults:

- Learning to deal with the uphills we encounter:

- Learning to get up when you fall down:

- Learning to push through any obstacle:

And check out Pellie’s shoes, bib, mile markers, and Finish sign – LOVE that Saucony is included in this book!!

My favorite part of the book is the last page.  Maybe we should all repeat the following to ourselves when we are racing:

Enjoy the work
The race is a perk

Are you more of a triathlete?  Well Michele Bredice Craemer has you covered!  She’s also written Coco Loves To Tri - a story about a dog who loves to swim, bike, and run.

To order a copy of Pellie Runs A Marathon (for $12.95 + S/H), visit Amazon or PowerPack Presentations

For more information on Pellie Runs a Marathon or Coco Loves To Tri

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Do you / your kids have any kid-friendly running books?

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    1. SPOILER ALERT! Sheesh. Now I know how it ends.

      We should make our own marathon books… i have wonderful ideas.
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    2. Those books look fantastic! My boys are a little old for them, but my nieces and nephews aren’t… I’ll have to consider sending those to them for upcoming birthdays. My younger son plays any and all sports all the time but is only involved in organized soccer (although he did do ultimate frisbee after school… too fun!). My older son dabbled in soccer but it wasn’t his thing. He is a singer and a dancer (jazz class 3X a week). We have a variety over here!! recently posted..Random Thoughts and Pics ~ Goals…My Profile

    3. These books are great! You have such a healthy approach to exposing your children to sports… I see so many parents screaming at their kids on the sidelines, ugh, they’re just babies, plus what great way to make them hate the sport, yes? You’re such a great Mom.
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    4. These books look so cute! We don’t have anything like these right now, but Sophia loves coming to my races. This summer she’ll be old enough to participate in the kids fun runs. She loves putting on my gear and running “marathons” around the house. She’s too cute.
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    5. Thank you for the book recommendation- I am definitely going to order the marathon book for my kids. I haven’t read many sports books to my kids yet, but they really enjoy “Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes” and I like it because of the great message to the kids (don’t sweat the small stuff and go-with-the-flow).

    6. I had never heard of these books. I’ll have to look for them for my girls. Thanks for sharing. They look so cute!

    7. I haven’t heard of either of these books but I really want them both! Thanks for sharing Michele!
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    8. My son (3 1/2) says the same thing, he also thinks that every picture of a woman running is me :) Ill need to get that book as he has started asking to come running with me :)
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    9. I love these books. I may have to get Pellie for my kids. I hope that someday they will run with me.
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    10. What a cute book! I’ll have to add it to my Amazon cart. Can’t wait to read it to my kids…thanks for sharing the book!
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    11. I love the idea of these books! I wish I had known about them when my kids were younger, but the messages just might be good enough to show them anyhow. My kids are HUGE readers–we really kind of passed on tv and just read to them constantly when they were younger. I love the idea of combining reading with our passions in life! Thanks for sharing.
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    12. OMGoodness, how adorable is that book?! I must get this book for my kids. Thanks for posting :)
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