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

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

By Colleen Nelson Kathie MacIsaac
Illustrated by Scot Ritchie
Juvenile Nonfiction Ages 8–12
ISBN: 978-1-77278-228-8
List Price: $24.95 CAD / $19.95 USD
Trim Size: 7.5 x 9.75 inches / 19.05 x 24.7 cm
Pages: 64

Publication Date: October 25, 2022

Distributed in the US by Ingram Publisher Services

Rights Available: World ex. North America

 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, and an index. Spotlight features on children and youth who are already gaining experience for their own dream jobs round out this inspirational resource. 


The layout is attractive and easy to follow, text features provide strong organization, and additional snippets of information in catchy categories will make If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It a popular choice for young and old audiences.”—Bit About Books