Running with Reed:  Be a Better Somebody , illustrated by Archangelo Crelencia, tells the story of Reed, an eight-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy who embraced the sport of running soon after his fifth birthday.  The story follows Reed’s journey to become competitive on a national level in track and field.  Along the way, he embraces several charitable causes to help others.  The book is based on the true story of Reed’s path to live each day with the hope that he can be a better somebody and help inspire others to do the same.


Where to buy:

Running with Reed:  Be a Better Somebody  is now available at,, and at, along with a companion coloring/activity book, and a large print edition.


About the Authors


Reed Kotalik, is an eight-year-old with insurmountable perseverance and a heart of gold.  He was born with laryngomalacia and, after much testing, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.  While surgical alternatives were offered, along with medication, Reed’s parents opted for an alternative course of treatment.  For Reed, the diagnosis was life changing but not in the way that most would expect.  His path was one that required a lot of persistence and significant rehabilitation to strengthen and condition muscles.


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Reed’s book benefits charitable causes, including the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy.



Running with Reed