Further down the course, at mile 13, is a wonderful independent bookstore, the Wellesley Booksmith, where I worked as a children's bookseller for close to 6 years. It's great to have my personal cheering section at the half-way point each year. I work a shift now and then, usually during the busy holiday retail season, so I continue to honor myself with the title of "children's bookseller". And there are some wonderful "intermediate" (that means ages 8 to 12 ) fiction with running themes. I am always on the look out for good fiction featuring strong girls to include in my list of books for the running and reading program I have developed for pre-adolescent girls called Fit Girls. I actually used the DFMC model when developing Fit Girls as it also combines personal fitness with community outreach. Running, fundraising and community outreach is a GREAT (and fun!) way to build confidence and self-esteem in both adults and children.
My most favorite kiddie running book is Heartbeat by the fabulous award-winning author, Sharon Creech. Running is the one constant in twelve year-old Annie's world as she deals with a variety of changes, including the birth of a sibling , the distance of a friend, and her grandfather's illness. Runners and readers of all ages will appreciate this small gem of a novel.