"When we went to a beach, my tummy felt tight. but it still felt wrong inside.
Definitely... possibly... Perhaps I'd swim - next time."
At first the big blue sea makes them feel small and scared. Then the child visits a lake and a river, and their fear of water gradually starts to ebb as curiosity begins to flow.
A wonderful book for any child who is feeling nervous about new experiences, with lyrical words by Emily Joof and bold, dynamic illustrations by Matilda Ruta.
Emily Joof is an African-diaspora author, education expert and mother. She writes children's books and stories with a focus on inclusion and diversity which have been translated into Swedish, French and Wolof. Born in Nigeria, Emily now divides her time between the Gambia, the UK and Sweden. I Will Swim Next Time is inspired by experiences with her daughter.
Matilda Ruta is an illustrator and author based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has written and illustrated many books for children, and has been nominated for the Elsa Beskow Plaque and the August Award.
- Publisher: Floris Books (August 1, 2023)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- ISBN-10: 1782508295
- ISBN-13: 9781782508298
- Reading age: 3 - 7 years
- Grade level: 1 - 2
- Item Weight: 15 ounces
- Dimensions: 11.25 x 0.5 x 9 inches