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Readers can dive right into ‘The Joy of Swimming’

Find out why you’ll want to cover your eyes if you visit an Icelandic locker room. See how even Michael Phelps is slow, compared to a sailfish. Get the real definition of a swimming hole. And find out why some people take bandages along when visiting a public pool in Japan.

Transgender teen shares triumphs and traumas in new book

As a very small child, Jazz Jennings knew that something was wrong with the way adults were acting toward her. Her parents dressed her in boy clothes, gave her trucks and said things like “Good boy!” But Jennings knew even before she could speak that they were wrong. She was a girl, though her body said otherwise.

Prepare to tear up with book about pups

Here’s fair warning: If your family has ever loved a dog, it’s going to be really hard not to get teary while reading this book to your child. Very hard. And yet, you’ll smile through your tears.

Kids can take an armchair trip with ‘National Parks Guide U.S.A.’

A hundred years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt “made it his mission” to preserve as much natural land as possible, “so thatfuture generations could enjoy” it. So what’s your family interested in seeing this summer? Do you like history or hiking?Swimming or soldiers? Animals or American statues? You’ll find them all in parks — and you’ll find them in this book.

New book follows man on a monarch mission

Kids who hold a fascination with caterpillars and bugs will find a kindred spirit in Linda Vander Heyden’s title character. Mr. McGinty is smart and definitely resourceful, but also a little childlike in his need for the butterflies’ well-being and his zeal to save the caterpillars at any cost.

Letters to Rome find a home in new book

Out of the mouths of babes? I think so; the questions inside “Dear Pope Francis” are sweet and innocent, but heavy in nature and they may be issues that you wrestle with, too. That means you’ll likely enjoy what you read, just as much as your child will.