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  • Winner, Governor General's Award for Young People's Literature - Illustration, 2023
  • Short-listed, Ezra Jack Keats Writer Award, 2024
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2023

When You Can Swim Canadian Title

By Jack Wong   

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338830965 Hardcover
48 Pages | 9.288" x 11.422" | Ages 4 to 8

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338830989 Ebook
48 Pages | Ages 4 to 8

A reverent celebration of learning to swim among a diverse cast of children and families who each experience the mysterious joys of water in nature.

In expansive vignettes, we meet sandpipers, peaceful lakes, the feeling of a small waterfall on one’s shoulders. Artist and author Jack Wong has delivered an empowering, poetic modern classic that fills readers with the wonder and confidence needed to overcome their fears of the water. When You Can Swim invites children into the warmth and wonder of the natural world and its watery splendors. At the same time, children will experience the joyousness that nature’s lessons teach us through its beauty.