International best-selling children’s classic reprinted after 53 years.

‘Swimmy succeeds in conveying an important moral lesson with a sense of grace. There’s nothing heavy-handed here, just a simple tale about a humble little fish who is passionate about life.’ – Esther Ehrlich

Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding ... until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how – with ingenuity and team work – they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child’s shelf.

Also available in Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sesotho.


Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator and graphic artist with more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books to his name, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he moved to the United States in 1939. He is the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honoured posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a four-time Caldecott Honour Winner for his books Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy and Alexander the Wind-Up Mouse. Leo Lionni died in October 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

978-1-4314-2451-1 Swimmy (Afrikaans)

978-1-4314-2452-8 Swimmy (IsiXhosa)

978-1-4314-2453-5 Swimmy (IsiZulu)

978-1-4314-2454-2 Swimmy (Sesotho)


ISBN 978-1-4314-2450-4
GENRE Children’s
FORMAT Paperback
SIZE 225x175mm (portrait)
RIGHTS Southern African Rights
RELEASE January 2017