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Children's Nonfiction Careers

See It, Dream It, Do It

How 25 people just like you found their dream jobs

by (author) Colleen Nelson & Kathie MacIsaac

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Careers, General, Inspirational & Personal Growth, School & Education, Diversity & Multicultural
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
    List Price

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The creators of If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It are back with inspiring profiles on twenty-five diverse careers and individuals.

Young readers are given a lens into the life of an architect, a paleontologist, a pilot, and so many more through detailed job profiles and full-colour photos. How does a comedian write the perfect joke? How does a private investigator crack a mysterious case? Questions about jobs you know, and don’t know, are answered in a fun and accessible way through pro tips, spin-off job sidebars, and spotlight features about young people already achieving their dreams.

Following the success of If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: How 25 inspiring individuals found their dream jobs, teacher and award-winning author Colleen Nelson, teams up once again with librarian and literacy advocate Kathie MacIsaac to introduce inspiring individuals of many backgrounds, genders, and abilities. Seeing a wide range of representation, in both people and jobs, is the first step to young people discovering their own career possibilities. This information-packed resource shows how education can come in many different forms, such as university, college, trade school, apprenticeship, or specialized training. A wide range of job profiles provides valuable insight into how each individual developed the skills and expertise they needed for their career.

About the authors

An author and junior high school teacher who also enjoyed many years of teaching kindergarten, Colleen Nelson earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in her hometown of Winnipeg. Her previous works include the critically-acclaimed middle-grade novels Harvey Comes Home and Harvey Holds His Own; Sadia, which won the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award; and Blood Brothers, which was selected as the 2018 McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People. 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.


Colleen Nelson's profile page

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.  


Kathie MacIsaac's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Praise for See It, Dream It, Do It

2023 Junior Library Guild Selection

CBC Books "26 Canadian early reader and middle-grade books to read in fall 2023" Selection

“[T]he subjects are diverse in terms of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and ability…The bubbly style of the writing conveys these people’s excitement for their chosen paths; readers will immediately be pulled in and come away spurred to mull their own ambitions… Solid inspiration to help young people think big about their futures.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Personally, I don’t think enough attention is paid to those kids that fret constantly about their future….It would have done me quite a bit of good to see a book like See It, Dream It, Do It.”—School Library Journal, Fuse 8

“Helping readers to consider cool career paths and give some consideration of their own dream jobs. This is an informative and engaging nonfiction compilation.”—Dr. Larry Recommends

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