If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs


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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.  

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772782288
Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
Publication date: 10/25/2022
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 256,112
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

An author and junior high school teacher, Colleen Nelson earned her Bachelor of Education from the Universityof Manitoba in her hometown of Winnipeg. Her recent works include The Undercover Book List, the award-winning Harvey Stories, which include the Governor General’s Literary Award finalist Harvey Holds His Own, and the picture book Teaching Mrs. Muddle. Colleen writes daily in between appearances at hockey rinks and soccer fields in support of her two sports-loving sons. The family’s West Highland Terrier Rosie adds an extra-loveable dose of liveliness, squirrel-chasing, and shoe-chewing to their lives. 

Kathie MacIsaac is an award-winning literacy advocate who is passionate about books for middle-grade readers. She is a co-author of the blog Bit About Books and a co-founder of the website MG Book Village, which facilitates connection between members of the middle-grade community. Kathie manages the children’s department of the Headingly Municipal Library near Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her first book is If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs.  


Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Getting Schooled Notes on Education and Training 6

Marine Biologist Melissa Marquez 8

Human Rights Lawyer Sunil Gurmukh 10

Author David A. Robertson 12

Chief Medical Officer Theresa Tam 14

Barber Jessie Anderson 16

Farmer Brenda Hsueh 18

Meteorologist/Storm Chaser Mark Robinson 20

Ornithologist/Museum Curator Scott Edwards 22

Smokejumper Martha Schoppe 24

Neuroscientist Ryoji Amamoto 26

Teacher Rabia Khokhar 28

Play-by-Play Commentator Leah Hextall 30

Documentary Photographer Ismail Ferdous 32

Animal and Conservation Interpreter Shawn Makepeace 34

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng 36

Interior Designer Joshua Jones 38

Restaurant Owner / Chef Christa Bruneau-Guenther 40

Veterinarian Dr. Raphael Malbrue 42

Cake Designer / Entrepreneur Graphic Artist / Entrepreneur Jenna Hutchinson Ashley Kosowan 44

Journalist Omar Sachedina 46

Stuntperson / Stunt Coordinator Tiger Lilli Rudge 48

NHL Scout Blake Bolden 50

Clothing Designer Wedad Amiri 52

Carpenter Kristine Byers 54

Professional Video Game Player / Gaming Expert Stephanie Harvey 56

Future Dream Jobs 58

Develop the Skill Set 60

Acknowledgments / Photo Credits 61

Glossary 62

Index 64

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