A healthy body image is essential for kids to feel confident and strong!

Parents want their children to have a healthy body image,
but may be unsure how to respond to their kids’ anxiety about weight.
Amanda’s Big Dream helps parents, teachers and other caregivers
discuss this topic with children in an entertaining and positive way.

Amanda’s Big Dream is an engaging story of a girl
who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Show.

When her skating coach makes a comment about her weight,
Amanda loses confidence in her ability to make her dream come true.
Despite reassurances from her parents, her doctor, and her best friend,
Amanda decides to quit skating.
Will Amanda return to the ice?
Or has she given up forever?
Come along with Amanda as she realizes
the true secret to following her big dream!


Amanda’s Big Dream is a fun, friendly adventure
about what it means to follow your dreams…at any size!

Big Praise for Amanda’s Big Dream!

“I love that “Amanda’s Big Dream” promotes young people being involved in sports and following their dreams through an active and healthy lifestyle.”
Jason Brown- 2015 US Figure Skating Champion, 2014 US Olympic Bronze Medalist, Team Figure Skating
Jason Brown, official website

“This inspiring story and it’s beautiful pictures should be required reading in every child’s home, classroom, and pediatrician’s waiting room. All kids will be moved as Amanda realizes that who she is should never be limited or defined by her size and shape. This book teaches children that staying true to themselves, caring for, and taking care of their health and well-being is the way to a happy ending. Bravo to Matz and Patch for this much needed jewel of a book!”
Kathy Kater, LICSW—Psychotherapist, Consultant, and Author
Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need to Know (curriculum)
Real Kids Come in All Sizes: Ten Essential Lessons to Build Your Child’s Body Esteem

Parents want to raise children who are healthy and happy, and Amanda’s Big Dream supports that goal. “Amanda’s Big Dream” is a beautifully illustrated resource for children and parents struggling with harmful dieting messages and weight bullying. This book actively challenges common and harmful myths about weight, and supports healthy behaviors. “Amanda’s Big Dream” is a rare resource from a trusted professional that helps children understand that health and happiness is about far more than a number on a scale.”
Katja Rowell, MD- Childhood Feeding Specialist and Author
Love Me, Feed Me
Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating

“What a sweet story! It’s a shame that there’s so much weight stigma in our culture, and this book offers a fun and positive way to start conversations with children. We can show kids that there are more respectful ways to view bodies, that they can follow their dreams in whatever body they have, and that self-care is nourishing in and of itself, not something to be undertaken for weight control. This is a “feel good” kind of book, with great messages about body respect, eating well, honoring emotions… Oh – and the lovely illustrations drew me in too.”
Linda Bacon, PhD- Professor, Researcher and Author
Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight
Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

 “I love this book. It says everything it has to say. All the hurtful words and ideas are there, the real impediments created by high body weight (can’t bend as far) the child’s impulse to lose weight is there, but what is SO different is the way Amanda’s parents and doctor react. They give her the exact, reality based support that she needs, and she becomes a stronger person for it.”

Ellyn Satter, MS, RDN, MSSWEllyn Satter Institute and Author
Your Child’s Weight: Helping Without Harming
Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family
Amanda's Big Dream has the Ellyn Satter Institute seal of approval!
Amanda’s Big Dream has the Ellyn Satter Institute seal of approval! 




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What Parents are Saying!

“Parents of daughters should read this book with their little girls to reinforce feelings of love, support, and acceptance regarding body image and all areas of life!”unnamed
Eden, mother of a 9 year old, and 7 year old triplets

“Amanda’s Big Dream will tug at the heart-strings of children of all ages and sizes. As a dad, I loved seeing how Amanda’s father supported her and helped her move toward self-acceptance. My daughter read it with rapt attention.”
David, father of a 12 year old 

“WOW! What an excellent way to begin a discussion on positive body image. I love the idea of empowering girls to accept themselves as they are. What a wonderful contribution you are making to empowering  girls.”
Ms. Gibson, First Grade Teacher

“This tender book spoke to everyone in my family. My 3 and 6 year old related immediately to Amanda’s passion and uncertainty and were inspired to talk about all the times they have been brave. My partner and I felt bolstered to support our children in all their uniqueness and celebrate their passions. We all loved it.”
Hilary, mother of a 3 year old and 6 year old 

 Amanda’s Big Dream is for:

  • Children ages 5 and up who enjoy a fun, friendly story with an inspirational main character.
  • Pre-teens and teens dealing with body image issues/body dissatisfaction.
  • Adults who struggled with body image as a child and want to read a story that’s healing.
  • Parents looking for a fun and positive way to help children develop a healthy body image.
  • Therapists, dietitians, pediatricians & other health professionals seeking a helpful resource for their clients/patients.
  • Teachers who need books with a positive, thought-provoking message for their classroom.
  • Athletic Coaches who work with children and teens.



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