Given our fascination with elephant seals that can be found here, here, and here, you can imagine my delight when one of our random library book picks this week was Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca, who won the 2014 Caldecott for his book Locomotive. I'm not going to lie, I grabbed it because of the title, not because I knew about the story. Heh.
I especially liked this page, as you might imagine. Not a single person maimed, as far as I can tell.
Best of all, this tells a true story: Elizabeth really did live in the Avon River near Christchurch, New Zealand, and she refused to be displaced, returning multiple times to her home from the 1970s until her death in 1985. We recommend it for your next library list : )