Ready, Set, Run!: The Amazing New York City Marathon

By Leslie Kimmelman
Illustrators Illustrated by Jessie Hartland Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher Penguin Random House Imprint Random House Studio ISBN


Ready, Set, Run!: The Amazing New York City Marathon

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A lively nonfiction picture book about runners preparing for, and racing in, the New York City Marathon, perfect for fans of Balloons Over Broadway and The Philharmonic Gets Dressed.

All over the world—on city roads and country lanes, on beaches, high in the mountains, across fields, in sun, rain, and late at night, people get ready to race. It’s a BIG DEAL to run in the New York City Marathon!

In this energetic and ever-so-fun nonfiction picture book about the world’s most famous race, readers follow runners from all over the world as they stretch, make their playlist, eat a spaghetti dinner, and then pound, pound, pound through the five boroughs of New York City, all the way to the finish line.

With fun facts throughout (“Since 1979, a high school band stationed at Mile 9 plays the “Rocky” theme song again and again until the last runners go by”), this is an exhilarating, inside-view of what it entails to run the world’s largest marathon.

Author’s note. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations were  rendered in gouache.
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