5 Children’s Books for Nervous Swimmers

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It's National Water Safety Month, and with summer around the corner, many families are thinking about swim lessons and water fun on summer vacations.

If your little one is reluctant to join in, there are a couple of books that can help alleviate their anxiety and amp up the fun.

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Splish, Splash, Splat!

Splish, Splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton is about a silly cat, Splat, who is convinced he will have the worst day ever. His classmate, Spike — who breaks everything — is coming over to play, and it is the first day of swimming at school. Everyone knows that water is horrible, scary, and wet!

It turns out that Splat isn't the only one nervous about getting into the pool. Kids will giggle through Splat's and Spike's stalling techniques, how these two end up enjoying a swim, and their time together.

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Swim, Little Wombat, Swim!

For those who love our Little Wombat in Sometimes I Like To Curl Up in a Ball, you will enjoy Swim, Little Wombat, Swim! by Charles Fuge. Little Wombat has a new friend, Platypus. Amazed by his friend's swimming abilities, Wombat ends up in the bottom of the pond with a giant “ker-splash!”

Platypus teaches Little Wombat to swim, using relatable concepts kids see in their own swim lessons. By the end of the story, your child will be cheering along with Wombat's friends as he swims across the water.

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Froggy Learns to Swim

In Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London, Froggy heads out to the pond with his parents on a summer day. Despite being born in the water, Froggy is convinced he can't swim.

With energetic and contagious encouragement, Froggy's mother helps him find his rhythm (with a little bit of help at first from flippers and a snorkel).

After seeing Froggy succeed, your little one will be splashing in the pool, singing “Bubble, bubble, toot, toot, chicken, airplane, soldier,” too!

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Maisy Learns to Swim

Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins is part of the lovable series of Maisy stories. Join Maisy and her friends for their first swim lesson in a book that has bright pictures and a simple storyline.

From gathering up her gear and easing into the chilly pool to kicking and blowing bubbles, going on the adventure with Maisy makes the swimming experience less big and intimidating.

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Scaredies Away!

If you have an anxious little one, Scaredies Away! by Stacy Fiorile and Barry McDonagh is a fantastic tool for dealing with any number of common children's fears: the being in the dark, sleeping in a “big kid” bed, swimming, going on rides, or trying something new.

As Jack learns to conquer his fear of Big Red, the biggest, scariest roller coaster, the authors teach the Magic Fingers Countdown method, applicable in any fear-laden situation.

While providing a valuable tool for families with the countdown, the story is also reassuring, emphasizing that it is natural to feel scared sometimes.

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5 Children’s Books for Nervous Swimmers

Tracy Jensen is a writer, marketer, mother, fundraiser, marathoner, and music lover. A working, single mom of two kids ages six and five, she is notorious for doing things the hard way. In addition to writing for EverydayFamily, she survives suburban exile by blogging about life’s foibles at It Builds Character. She can be found at night ignoring the dishes and playing on Twitter. ... More

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