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I Will Swim Next Time

Emily Joof
Illustrated by Matilda Ruta
September 2023
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    5th September 2023
  • ISBN 9781782508298
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 11.42" x 9.3"

“The cool on my toes felt kind of nice.
As Mama held me tight, I thought:
Maybe I'll go in next time.”

A child's first encounter with the sea leaves them feeling small and scared. What could be hiding in the dark depths below? When the family visits a lake and a river, the child's fear of water gradually starts to ebb as curiosity begins to flow. But playing in the water still doesn't feel right. Mama says there is no rush to try swimming, and that the water will wait. Maybe next time?

This gently powerful story about taking your time and listening to yourself, with lyrical words from Emily Joof, reminds us that it's okay for progress to be gradual. Bold and dynamic illustrations from Matilda Ruta bring the journey to life with warmth and vibrancy.

This is the perfect book for any child who is feeling nervous about new experiences.

(Ages 3 to 7)

“A wonderfully gentle approach to children trying new things.... Featuring vibrantly colorful illustrations by Matilda Ruta, this is a great book to share with any child that might be about to embark on the unknown.”

Emily Joof

Emily Joof is an African-diaspora author, education expert and mum. 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.