Mermaids are so magical. My daughter loves reading mermaid books for story time. So, I thought I’d put together a list of our favorite mermaid picture books.
Do your kids love mermaid stories too? Let me know their favorite in the comments below.
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New Mermaid Books for 2022-2023
Ten Minutes to Bed Little Mermaid
From the creators of Little Unicorn comes another friend for young readers: Little Mermaid! Splash is the littlest mermaid, who loves to explore the enchanted underwater kingdom, but will she get to bed on time? Find out in this charming addition to Rhiannon Fielding’s TEN MINUTES TO BED series.
The Mermaid Moon
In this magical picture book perfect for all young mermaid lovers, two best friends–one who lives on land, the other in the water–share an exciting adventure on the night of the Mermaid Moon: the one time each year mermaids can leave the sea.
The Sunken Ship
Dive under the sea with Mermaid Days, a series perfect for beginning readers!
Oona and the Shark
The big sea’s littlest mischief-maker, Oona, is back in another delightful tale from New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Raissa Figueroa.
The Best Mermaid Read Aloud Books for Kids
Magical mermaid books for kids. The cutest mermaid children's stories! Picture books perfect for a read aloud themed story time.
New Mermaid Picture Books for 2021
This comical and heartfelt picture book is a winning celebration of invention, creativity, and friendship. With gorgeous underwater scenes and a crowd-pleasing tale, this is one little mermaid who is here to make a splash!
Peppa and her friends love dressing up as mermaids, lift-the-flaps to join in their fun!
This lovely book has big flaps for little hands and is perfect for everyone who loves mermaids!
In the enchanting underwater kingdom of Coralia, home to mermaid-animals called FurFins, the princess is getting married--and CherryTail is baking the Royal Wedding Cake!
Deep beneath the silvery waves, in a kaleidoscope of colorful coral, lies the magical kingdom of Coralia. This is where the mermaid-kitten FurFins live and play. Today is a VERY special day . . . the mermaid princess is getting married!
From the author of the Waterstones Children's Prize shortlisted Once Upon a Unicorn Horn comes a beautiful story of friendship and protecting the oceans.
A magical ode to believing in yourself and shining bright -- with a dazzling mermaid twist -- from bestselling creator Joyce Wan.
From the creators of Little Unicorn comes another friend for young readers: Little Mermaid! Splash is the littlest mermaid, who loves to explore the enchanted underwater kingdom, but will she get to bed on time? Find out in this charming addition to Rhiannon Fielding's TEN MINUTES TO BED series.
Peggy wants to give Chloe a truly mer-mazing summer vacation in this fourth story in the illustrated middle grade series about the adorable and silly Peggy the pug!
More Mermaid Picture Books!
A silly read-aloud tale for kids about being yourself! Mabel isn't like the other mermaids. Lucky isn't like the other octopuses. But when they find each other, they discover that true friendship isn't about how you look, and that sometimes what we are searching for is right under our noses.
Pinkalicious and her friends have a mermazing time in this Level One I Can Read adventure that celebrates the power of friendship.
Mermaids come in all shapes and sizes! In this sweet picture book, a shy little girl goes on a magical underwater adventure filled with adorable mermaids, silly sea creatures, games with new friends and wonderful surprises!
Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.
How do you catch a mermaid?You must be very clever.With mirrors, crowns, and pearls galore,this quest can't last forever!
Shelly is tired of her brother, Gordy. She'd much prefer a sister. So when Coral catches a wave to shore, they are instant friends, even if one of them has flippers instead of feet. They dance and play and eat peanut butter and jellyfish sandwiches. It's great having a mermaid sister!
Ariel is a curious young mermaid. She likes to explore sunken ships, swim up to the surface, and learn all she can about the world above the sea. Children ages 2-5 will love finding out what happens when this Disney Princess falls in love with a human in the full-color Little Golden Book retelling of Disney The Little Mermaid!
Starting school is always exciting... especially when you're a mermaid! From schools of fish to the A B Seas, this whimsical underwater tale puts a fun twist on what to expect on the first day of school.
When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current.
Have a tea party undersea and practice counting with Three Little Mermaids, a sparkling interactive novelty concept book by bestselling creator Mara Van Fleet!
This part-time mermaid is ready for adventure! Jump into the sea to play hide-and-seek in coral caves, explore sunken pirate ships, and meet new underwater friends. At the sea palace, it's almost time for the Midsummer Sea Festival! But . . . where is the merboy and his turtle? Can the Part-time Mermaid find him in time?
Fancy Nancy is ready for the spotlight! Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, couldn't be more excited about their upcoming dance show. After all, it's all about mermaids, and who knows how to be a fancy, glamorous mermaid better than Fancy Nancy herself?
Each time a page is turned a colorful mermaid disappears, encouraging children to learn to count as they read the simple story and find out where each mermaid has gone to! Ideal for parents to share with children age three and up.
The perfect adventure for all ages, ride with dolphins, swim with seahorses, dress up with seashells and so much more! This charming board book explores all aspects of mermaid life from blowing bubbles to finding your very own mermaid tail color. Give the gift of underwater exploration all while guiding little ones to drift into a sea of magical dreams.
The little memaid is all in a lather—the Sea Witch has stolen her beautiful singing voice! Kittie Lacey will need all her hairdressing (and matchmaking) skills to tackle this terrible tangle and guarantee a happy ever after. This magical, fairy tale adventure is awash with funny fairy tale references to spot and favorite friends to find, with a sprinkling of glamour and a surprise glitter spread.
Collects three tales about mermaids--one who is poor and must steal to save her mother, one who solves a crime, and one who is willing to give up her tail for love.
Tallulah doesn't look like the other young mermaids living in the ocean. Her tail is a dull gray. And when all the other mermaids go on a quest to find the special gemstones that make their tails sparkle with color, Tallulah doesn't find her gemstone at all.
A young girl has always loved Mermaids. Every day she wishes she could be friends with one. And on one magical day, her wish comes true.
On the last day of vacation, Mia finds something special on the beach--a mermaid's shoes! When she puts them on her feet, she knows she has found her true identity. She's really a mermaid! She makes her own mermaid's tail and goes on a quest to find a place to fulfill her destiny.
Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home.
Each of King Neptune's 50 mermaid daughters boasts a special talent, except for little Minnow, who seems to be good only at asking questions. When she finds a strange object, Minnow follows her questions to a wondrous place and finds answers, including the answer to the most important question of all: Who am I? A gorgeously illustrated story about finding one's purpose.
Mermaid Chapter Books
Half-mermaid, half-human, and all magic, Emily Windsnap has had middle-grade readers under her spell for more than a decade. All six of her shimmering underwater adventures are now available in one beautiful collection of paperbacks with a bonus twelve-page friendship booklet for readers to share with their BFFs.
Misty and her friends are on a very important mission: they must find the six Magic Crystals that give life and strength the Merfolk, and bring them back to Coral Kingdom.
In Trouble at Trident Academy, mergirl Shelly Siren worries and wonders if she can fit in at her new school. In Battle of the Best Friends, Shelly and her best friend, Echo Reef, let mean girl Pearl Swamp’s birthday party almost ruin their friendship.
Nixie can't wait to join the Royal Mermaid Rescue Crew. Along with a magical seapony partner, she'll save merpeople in danger and use her natural creativity to keep the seas safe!
Boom Broom doesn't think his life could get any worse. Ever since his mother was swept away by a twister, his family has gone crazy. They refuse to leave the house and Halvor, the Viking descendant who rents the room over their garage, will only cook fish for Boom and his sister Mertyle to eat.
Once upon a time, Rachel and Kirsty were excited to attend the special Fairy Tale Festival at TipTop Castle. But when Jack Frost steals the Fairy Tale Fairies' magic items, stories everywhere get all jumbled up. Even worse, characters from inside the books are coming to life and finding their way into the human world!
Daisy is ready to build sandcastles and swim in the ocean when her family takes a trip to the beach. But when her imaginary friend, Posey, tags along on the vacation, he brings plenty of surprises.
Coral, Shelly, and Angel are best friends. They love exploring their home in Kittentail Cove. On the first day of sea school, their teacher asks everyone to bring in something special to share with the class. Shelly and Angel can’t wait to visit Tortoiseshell Reef to find an extra-special treasure. But the reef is all the way on the edge of the cove and Coral is scared to swim that far away from home. Can this scaredy-cat learn to be brave?
Eleven-year-old Anthoni Gillis is not the kind of kid who believes in fairies, unicorns, or even the word “maybe.” She’s more of a comic-books girl. So when her mom brings her to Thunder Lake for a summer at the Showboat Resort, she doesn’t believe the local rumors about the Boulay Mermaid.
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