Our Story: Why We Created Amanda’s Big Dream

A few years ago, a children’s book was published about a girl who was poor at sports, unpopular in school and bullied by her peers. She went on a diet, lost weight, and then became the popular star of her sports team.
Independently, we were each appalled by this message!

“As a therapist, I work with adults who struggle with the diet/binge cycle, a struggle that often began in their childhood years. I know that putting kids on diets is a recipe for promoting lifelong battles with food, eating disorders, body dissatisfaction and—most insidious of all—feelings of shame.”

“As a teacher, I’ve had personal experience with hundreds upon hundreds of students who hated their bodies, no matter what size they were. I saw girls limit their dreams, ignore their talents and minimize their accomplishments by focusing on body size and weight loss.”

Elizabeth put out a call:
“I’m so dismayed by this book’s message that I will illustrate a children’s book if someone is interested in writing it!”

Although they had never met,
Judith loved Elizabeth’s illustrations and jumped at the chance to work with her.
Through a fun and creative collaboration, Amanda’s Big Dream was born!

Judith Matz, LCSW
Judith Matz, LCSWAuthor
Judith Matz, LCSW is a clinical social worker and therapist dedicated to helping people make peace with food, their bodies, and themselves. Judith has 30 years of experience helping people end their struggles with eating and weight issues.

Judith Matz is the co-author of two acclaimed books for adults:
Beyond a Shadow of a Diet:
The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating (2014)

The Diet Survivors Handbook:
60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care

Amanda’s Big Dream is Judith’s first children’s book!
Judith is committed to promoting positive body image for kids, without a focus on weight. Judith lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and is the mother of 3 children. In her free time Judith loves to take Zumba classes, long walks, read fiction, meditate and travel.

Learn more about Judith and her private practice at judithmatz.com

Elizabeth Patch
Elizabeth PatchIllustrator
During her career as a high school art teacher, Elizabeth Patch overheard countless girls of all sizes talk about hating their bodies. She saw girls limit their dreams, ignore their talents and minimize their accomplishments by focusing on the “perfect” size and weight.
Elizabeth Patch is committed to creating positive, fun illustrations that reflect a diversity of body types!

Elizabeth Patch has a BA in Drawing, an MA in Painting, and post-graduate studies in Digital Media. She is married with 2 children, 3 step-children and a big orange cat. When Elizabeth is not making art, you might find her practicing yoga, doing something crafty, or chasing animals out of her organic garden.

Visit elizabethpatch.com Happy art for every body!