Splash!: Ethelda Bleibtrey Makes Waves of Change

by Elisa Boxer (Author) Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)

Splash!: Ethelda Bleibtrey Makes Waves of Change
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Ethelda Bleibtrey was a girl with guts who loved the water. As a child with polio in the early 1900s, swimming set her free. The water released her from her pain and helped her build strong muscle--and a powerful spirit. From then on, from the New York beaches to the choppy waters of the 1920 Olympics to the Central Park Reservoir, Ethelda made a splash wherever she went. For Ethelda, doing the right thing sometimes came with a price--change often does--but Ethelda helped make the world better than how she found it. Splash!


Readers will love reading about this gutsy woman.

School Library Journal

With illustrations and text fully grounded in research, including ­welcome historical details and photographs that appear in the back matter, this book is heartily recommended for elementary nonfiction collections.
Elisa Boxer
Elisa Boxer is an Emmy-winning journalist and columnist whose work has been featured in publications including TheNew York Times and Fast Company. She has reported for newspapers, magazines and TV stations, and has a passion for telling stories about people finding the courage to create change. Elisa lives with her family in Maine. Susanna Chapman is an illustrator, muralist, and designer. Her illustrated picture books include Elizabeth Warren's Big, Bold Plans; The Girl Who Ran; and Ada and the Galaxies. She lives in Nashville.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date
July 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF054110 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Olympics
JNF071000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Activism & Volunteering
Library of Congress categories
New York (State)
Olympic athletes
Bleibtrey, Ethelda
Women athletes with disabilities

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