Hall of Fame swimmer Lynne Cox to read from new children’s book at Del Mar Library

World-renowned swimmer and bestselling author Lynne Cox will be reading from her new children’s book, “Elizabeth Queen of the Seas,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Del Mar Library.

“Elizabeth Queen of the Seas,” illustrated by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca, is an inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged.

Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again — each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away — but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.

Inducted into the International Swimmers Hall of Fame in 2000, Lynne Cox has also written “South with the Sun: Roald Amundsen, His Polar Explorations, and the Quest for Discovery”; “Grayson”; and “Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer.”