Bubbles…Up! by author Jacqueline Davies and illustrator Sonia Sanchez

Reading Age: 4 – 8

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

On a hot day, dive into a poetically written picture book about spending time at a pool. A young girl and other pool patrons frolic and show off their agility. Lots of movement throughout. Underwater illustrations are a must see. Despite the good times, issues arise. A thunderstorm occurs and all evacuate the water until the storm subsides. A toy is rescued. Diverse children have fun together.

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory by author Julie Abery and illustrator Chris Sasaki

Reading Age: 5 -8 years

Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

In the 1930’s in Hawaii, some parents worked on a sugar plantation. Their children busied themselves by swimming in a ditch. Sometimes police would chase them away from the ditch. A science teacher named Soichi Sakamoto decided to take responsibility for the children while they swam. He coached them in swimming. Eventually a swimming pool was built where young swimmers trained for the Olympics. Bill Smith won gold metals in the 1948 Olympics. This picture book is succinctly told in rhyme. Illustrations are attractive. An author’s note is included.

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Be Brave, Little Penguin

Be Brave, Little Penguin

 

Be Brave, Little Penguin by author Giles Andreae and  illustrator Guy Parker-Rees

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Publisher: Orchard Books

Publication Date: December 26, 2017

In this rhyming picture book a mama penguin assuages the fears of young  Pip-Pip who needs to learn how to swim. My Book Eyes relished the interaction between mother and offspring as Pip-Pip is led to dive into independence.  Illustrations are vibrant and will surely be visited often.