Mermaid Books

Nonfiction

San Souci, Robert D. Sukey and the Mermaid.
Unhappy with her life at home, Sukey receives kindness and wealth from Mama Jo the mermaid.

Mermaid Tales from Around the World.
A collection of twelve mermaid tales from around the world, featuring such sources as France, Greece, and North Africa.

Picture Books

Minters, Frances. Princess Fishtail.
After rescuing a handsome surfer, the Mer-King’s daughter decides to trade her tail to a frightening troll in exchange for legs, but after a month on land she seeks a way to visit her home.

Fiction

Andersen, Hans Christian. The Little Mermaid.
A little sea princess, longing to be human, trades her mermaid’s tail for legs, hoping to win the love of a prince and earn an immortal soul for herself.

Hoffman, Alice. Indigo.
When her mother dies, Martha is so unhappy living in the dried-up town of Oak Grove that she convinces two unusual brothers who long to return to the ocean to run away with her.

Hoffman, Alice. Aquamarine.
A love-struck mermaid named Aquamarine supplies adventure and insights to two twelve-year-old girls, life-long friends who are spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.

Kessler, Liz. The Tail of Emily Windsnap.
After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.

McKinley, Robin. Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits.
Fantastical short stories of the ocean, mermaids, and mermen.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Sirena.
The gods grant immortality to the mermaid Sirena when she rescues a human man from the sea and they fall in love, but his mortality creates great conflict between love and honor when he is called to defend Greece in the Trojan War.

Rylant, Cynthia. The Islander.
Living with his grandfather on an island off British Columbia, orphaned ten-year-old Daniel feels deep loneliness until the night he meets a mermaid whose identity he tries to learn.

Schreiber, Ellen. Teenage Mermaid.
Fifteen-year-old Spencer falls in love with Lilly, a mermaid who rescues him from drowning and who returns to land to find him.

 
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