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In the Swim: 
Cool Books for Hot Days

Picture Books
  • A young girl plays with the sea in Wave by Suzy
    Lee (2008), a wordless picture book.
  • Share the joy of building a sandcastle in Miranda’s
    Day at the Beach
    by Holly Keller (2009).
  • Relax with Mercer Mayer's little critters in Just a
    Day at the Pond
    (2008).
  • Learning to swim isn't always easy. The Boy Who
    Wouldn’t Swim
    by Deb Lucke (2008) humorously
    tracks one aquaphobic boy and his little sister who jumps right in.
  • In Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez (2008), a penguin discovers the joy of swimming.
  • An otter learns to swim with the help of his family in Little by Little by Amber Stewart (2008).

Juvenile Fiction

  • Chrissa is trying out for the swim team, but when someone starts sending mean text messages, her confidence is shaken. Learn how she stops the bullying in Chrissa Stands Strong by Mary Casanova (2008).
  • Rita must improve her swim turns or she'll remain a dolphin forever. Read her story of Swimming With the Sharks by Betty Hicks (2008).
  • A servant teaches Princess Lakshmi to swim. Now can she win a race? Read The Servant and the Water Princess: A Story of Ancient India by Jessica Gunderson (2009 ) to find out.

Non-Fiction

  • Mermaid Queen by Shana Corey (2009) charts the life of Annette Kellerman, the woman who invented water ballet, swam the English Channel, and designed the modern bathing suit. 
  • Floating and Sinking by Jim Pipe (2008) teaches the science behind swimming.

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