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Mermaid Picture Books and Chapter Books for Kids

Books for kids about mermaids

Picture Books

Cover of The Little Mermaid

In this reinvention of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, a little mermaid trades her voice for legs and makes a new friend on land, but must return to the sea to save her family.

Cover of Goodnight Mermaid

As the full moon rises, we meet the lively, lovely mermaids and a breathtaking array of oceangoing friends, from turtles and seals to whales, octopi, polar bears, and many more. And here come the mermaids' cousins-the adorable selkies and the fairy-like nymphs! Meanwhile, Her Majesty the Merqueen keeps watch over them all. Readers curious about mermaid habits and anatomy will love diving into the Mermaidology facts that follow the story.

Cover of Mabel

A picture book about a mermaid named Mabel, who unlike the rest of her family does not have a moustache, and the seven-armed octopus who becomes her friend and helps her see that she is just right the way she is.

Cover of Mermaid Kenzie: Protector
Charlotte Watson

When Kenzie slips on her mermaid tail, she becomes Mermaid Kenzie, protector of the deeps. One day as Kenzie snorkels around a shipwreck, she discovers more plastic bags than fish. Grabbing her spear and mermaid net, she begins to clean up the water and the shore--inspiring other kids to help.

Cover of Oona and the Shark

Oona the mermaid is friends with everyone, but when her attempts to befriend a shark with sensory issues fail miserably she realizes what may be fun for her may be overwhelming for him.

Cover of The Little Mermaid: Make a
Paul Kellam

In this picture book retelling of Disney's live action The Little Mermaid, Ariel longs to learn more about the human world and makes a deal with the Sea Witch, Ursula, to make her dream come true, but with disastrous consequences.

Cover of Julián is a Mermaid

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Cover of Coral

A disagreement between Coral, Filly, and Manta, three young mermaids who work together to build and safeguard the reef that is their home, must quickly be set right.

Cover of Mermaid and Me

A girl and a mermaid become best friends as they figure out how to enjoy their favorite things together, but when the shore becomes unsafe Mermaid must leave, promising to return.

Chapter Books

Cover of The Little Mermaid: the No

Ariel is a curious mermaid who has always wanted to explore the human world! After saving a prince named Eric from a dangerous shipwreck, Ariel makes a deal with the Sea Witch, Ursula, so she can meet him and learn more about what life is like beyond her ocean home. But Ursula is full of tricks, and it will take all of Ariel's courage to save the human world and the ocean from the Sea Witch's devious plans.

Cover of The world of Emily Windsna

Emily Windsnap doesn't know how to swim. Her mother has always cautioned her to stay out of the water. But it's hard to make friends at the beach when everyone else is having fun in the waves! So when swimming lessons start at school, Emily is excited to finally have the chance to learn. Standing beside the pool, she feels the water calling her, but when she jumps in, she gets a strange, kind of scary sensation... like her legs are stuck together. Eager to figure out what's happening, Emily later dives into the sea. She gets that weird feeling again, but this time she looks down to see that her legs are gone--replaced by a shiny, beautiful tail!

Cover of The Princess in Black and
Shannon Hale and
Dean Hale
LeUyen Pham

The Princess in Black and her friends are enjoying a day of sun and sea on Princess Sneezewort's royal boat when a real, live mermaid princess emerges from the waves! Eeeeeee! Princess Posy needs their help protecting her very cute sea goats from being eaten by a very greedy kraken. But the princesses and the Goat Avenger quickly realize that fighting underwater can be tough for land dwellers, and only the mermaid Princess Posy can save the day. Can the masked heroes help her learn that being a princess means more than just being nice-it means speaking up?

Cover of Soraya and the Mermaid

Soraya is a creative girl who marches to the beat of her own drum. She feels isolated from her fourth grade classmates and is most comfortable in the world of her comic book hero, Nimbla Moony. A class trip to the aquarium yields an unexpected surprise when Soraya is approached by a young mermaid who needs help returning to the sea. How can Soraya get Estelle safely out of the building to the nearby bay without detection? Does she have what it takes to be brave like her hero? Alikhan offers a fresh take on contemporary fantasy for the chapter book set with this diverse cast of characters, perfect for kids who struggle with fitting in with their peers. Soraya finally connects with a friend who accepts her quirks. Estelle can certainly relate, since her STEM-focused desire to design underwater buildings is atypical mermaid behavior. By the book's end, Soraya starts to learn to love herself and to trust others, as she and Estelle must accept help from various sea creatures to pull off the escape.

Cover of Mermaid Days (series)
Kat Uno

Vera the mermaid and her half-octopus friend Beaker go on playful adventures in the underwater town of Tidal Grove.

Cover of A Comb of Wishes

Twelve-year-old Kela is still mourning her mother when she finds a mermaid's comb while she and her friend are looking for sea glass on her Caribbean island; such combs have magic in them, and touching it opens a connection to the mermaid Ophidia who can grant her wish, to bring her mother back to life--but all wishes have consequences, and magic demands a price which may prove to be more painful than the loss of her mother.

Cover of Maybe a Mermaid

When her mother, who sells Beauty & the Bee cosmetics, surprises soon-to-be a sixth-grader Anthoni Gillis with a trip to the Showboat Resort, Anthoni plans to finally make a "True Blue Friend" in this energetic and heartfelt novel that raises timeless questions about truth, lies, and the hope that grows between them.