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Yusra Swims, Creative Editions, 25 February 2020, illustrated by Sally Deng
A biography in rhyme relates the story of Olympic swimmer and Syrian refugee, Yusra Mardini.

“A true and inspiring story of a refugee hero.” – Kirkus Reviews

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The Old Man and the Penguin: A True Story of True Friendship,  Kids Can Press,  October 2020, illustrated by Pierre Pratt. A touching true story told in rhyme, of an oil-soaked penguin, the man who rescues him and an unlikely friendship.

“An entertaining introduction for young readers to the harmful effects of oil spills on marine wildlife.” – Kirkus Reviews, July 2020

“The Old Man and the Penguin, a warm story of an unusual friendship, will be well-received by its young listeners/readers” – CM Magazine, October 2020

“Few readers will be able to resist this charming tale, based on true events.” – Booklist, Starred Review, November 2020

Booklist Editors’ Choice Books for Youth 2020


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Sakamoto’s Swim Club : How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory, Kids Can Press, May 2021, illustrated by Chris Sasaki. The inspirational and little-known story of a dedicated teacher who coached Hawaiian swimmers all the way to the Olympics, beautifully told in simple rhyme.

“A vibrant, original picture book.”Booklist, starred review

“Exudes inspiration and dedication.”Kirkus Reviews

sure to appeal to young readers and is a great contribution to sports history as well as Hawaiian history.”School Library Journal

2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard book selection (Sports Elementary Plus)