Tuesday, June 11, 2019

THINK QUICK with Author Kim Chaffee

Hi Kim!  Congrats on your new picture book, HER FEARLESS RUN and your Kirkus starred review!   You've done such an incredible job of portraying Katherine Switzer's persistence and passion for running in a powerful, moving and inspiring way.  All of the THINK QUICK themes below appear in your book.  Let’s see which way you lean.  Remember, THINK QUICK!

On running:
Magical or therapeutic? Im going to cheat on the first question! Ha! I am going to say running is magically therapeutic :) It heals hearts and minds and builds warriors that will conquer the world!

On the Boston Marathon:
Daunting or Exciting? Exciting! The crowds, the other runners, the history of that race! Its 26.2 miles of thrill!

On Kathrine Switzer:
Fearless or Persistent? Fearless! Fearless! Fearless!

On women's abilities:
Limitless or limited? Limitless! We are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. We can do hard things!

On dreams:
Impossible or necessary? Definitely necessary! But they cant stay dreams. You need to turn your dreams into goals so you can create an action plan to achieve them!

On following the rules:
Always or rarely? I always been a rule follower. Kinda boring, I know. But clearly there are rules that are meant to be broken!

On mentors:
Runner or Writer? Yes! Wait, did I just cheat again?

On bravery:
Fearless or Fearful? I think in order to be brave one needs to feel fear first so Im going to go with fearful”for this one.

On books:
Her Fearless Run or Her Fearless Run? :) I hope I dont get this one wrong! Her Fearless Run!

Kim Chaffee once held the Guinness World Record for the largest game of pick-up sticks ever played. (It’s true! Check out pg. 111 of the 2005 edition) She is a former second-grade teacher who loves coffee, chocolate, and writing picture books that kids will want to read again and again.  Her debut picture book, Her Fearless Run: Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon, was inspired by her own journey with running.  Kim is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and now lives not too far from there with her husband, two kids, and two cats. Find her online at www.KimChaffee.com or on Twitter at @kim_chaffee.


  1. Dreams to goals to action plan! Thanks for sharing this advice.

  2. Love this post...and love the book...and I think the author rocks! You go, Kim!!

  3. Kim! Applause and smiles for your debut book and your spirited THINK QUICK answers. You can "cheat" anytime because of the wisdom shared in those responses. Can't wait to buy and read Her Fearless Run! Yours is a book not to sit on a shelf but to be shared "again and again." Congrats and blessings!

    1. Thank you so much, Marsha! That is so incredibly kind!

  4. Love this Think Quick post of you Kim!