5 Star Readers Favorite
Clara J. Johns Medallion
Award-Winning Children’s Book
“Best Blossoming Chapter Book 2022”

Available on Amazon
Early Reading Chapter Book
For ages 4-10

Welcome to the Children’s Book “Speedboat Race.” It is a story of a speedboat racer trying to compete in the season’s final race and trying to overcome last-minute adversity. Throttle into John’s exciting adventure as he gets ready for the final speedboat competition! John is like a methodical planner. He checks his boat to make sure it’s in tip-top shape, looks at the race map like a treasure map, and even visits the race place! He’s like a detective making sure everything’s perfect. But oh no, there’s a little problem that pops up. But guess what? Even though there’s a bump in the road, John wants to win that race more than anything! If you read this simple story, you’ll follow John on his journey in trying to become a racing champion and your child will be taught lessons how to be determined and have the desire to achieve their dreams. So, grab the book and join the race “Speedboat Race

This little short story was actually written by Amir Khan in 1990, at age 12. Amir created this fictional story as an assignment in 6th grade at his elementary school in Illinois. The school district selected Amir’s story to represent it for 6th-grade submission to Illinois Young Authors Conference.

Illinois Young Author Seal

After many years, Amir’s parents stored the original manuscript in a safe deposit box. They gave him the original manuscript for his 40th birthday.

In hopes that this story will inspire young authors to pursue and create their own stories, Amir was motivated to publish this simple work and share it with the world. He also is honored to share this experience with his daughters who re-illustrated the book. With their involvement “Speedboat Race” is a story created by “Kids for Kids.” 

My Illustrators Zoya and Zysha Khan

Amir Khan Author: Amir Khan

A child of immigrant parents: father from Pakistan and mother from Mexico. My family originates in Chicago. Enjoy the beauty of both cultures and food. I am the first author in both families. Looking forward to authoring additional children and educational literature in the future. Currently, work in Healthcare IT and I am an Adjunct Instructor teaching Computer Science and technology.

Education: Graduated from Northern Illinois University with B.S. in Computer Science and Northwestern University with M.S. in Computer Information Systems. 

News and Press

Guadalajara International Book Festival Nov 2023
OC Bookfestival Table
OC Book Children Festival Oct 2023

Speedboat Race at Tinley Park Library.
Humbled to finally be on the shelf at my hometown library!!!
Time Square showcase...

Interview with Auggie Bear Publishing for the award

“This is a really good read…not only learn not to give up but through hard work and determination anything is possible”

Stanley Singh (Reading with Stanley)

Clara J. Johns Award, Certificate, and Medallion
Best Blossoming Chapter Book
Winner of Best Blossoming Chapter Book for
Clara J. Johns Auggie Bear Publishing Awards June 2022

Everyone can ride the initial learning curve, but to become good at something, they must be able to navigate the plateaus that will arise as they progress.

Webwire Feb 2022

Featured in Kidlio Magazine March Edition 2022 Kidlio

March 2022


Guadalajara International Book Festival 2024
Guadalajara, Mexico

Orange County Childrens Book Festival 2023
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa, CA

Author Program Event 2023
Canyon View Elementary Irvine, CA

Reading Event 2022
Cafe Con Libros Pomona, CA

Reading Across America 2022
Santiago K8 Elementary Santa Ana, CA

LA Time Festival of Books 2022:

Readers Magnet featured “Speedboat Race”