May 17 – Learn to Swim Day

Happy Learn to Swim Day!

With Memorial Day just around the corner, many swimming pools will be opening. Whether you go to the local pool, have your own backyard pool, vacation at the beach, or take weekend trips to lakes and rivers, knowing how to swim is important. It’s a great way to pass a hot afternoon. You can get your kids ready for the summer by reading some really terrific books about swimming too. Here are a few suggestions.

114308Swimmy written and illustrated by Leo Lionni (1963) won the Caldecott Honor Award in 1964 for it’s beautiful watercolor illustrations. Swimmy is a little black fish who lives with a school of little red fish. They are terrorized by the bigger fish that comes around to eat them. Instead of hiding and being afraid, Swimmy teaches them that they could work together to scare the big fish away. The little red fish swim in the pattern of a larger red fish, and Swimming swims as the eye of the red fish.

17842028Peanut Butter and Jellyfish written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (2014) is a funny story about  a starfish and a jellyfish who are bullied by the crab. One day they see Crabby trapped and rescue him.  When they realize that he is jealous of their friendship, they include him in their fun and learn to all swim together and have fun in the ocean.

images-2Swim, Little Wombat, Swim! written and illustrated by Charles Fuge (2005) is an adorable story of a little wombat who meets a funny furry animal who can swim. Platypus is different from all the other animals at the pond, but after wombat falls into the pond, it’s platypus who saves him and teaches him how to swim. Now Little Wombat wants to be called a wom-batypus!

imagesFroggy Learns to Swim, written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz (1997) is delightful in true Frrooooggy! fashion. Froggy is afraid to swim. Zip! Zook! Zik! Flog Flop!… Splash! Froggy’s mother patiently teaches him how to use his froggy legs and feet to swim. Once he learns, she can’t get him out of the water!


1229175Maisy Learns to Swim (1990) and Maisy Goes Swimming (1990) written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins follow Maisy the Mouse’s adventures with swimming. She learns to swim with her friends Eddie and Tallulah and then later take swim lessons at the pool together. The lift-flaps are fun for little ones to interact with the story as it unfolds.

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