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Mermaid Picture Books and Chapter Books

Katie Merkel


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Hello everyone!

Like many little girls, I wanted to be a mermaid when I was six. What I didn’t know was that professional mermaid was a career choice. Last year, I learned about a woman named Mermaid Linden who makes her living as a professional mermaid. She attends events and has a YouTube channel where she posts her Mermaid Minute videos; each video gives facts about the ocean in one minute.

I have recently been on a mermaid kick (or maybe I never outgrew my desire to be a mermaid). Either way, below are some picture books and chapter books about mermaids that I really enjoyed, and I hope your young mermaid fans will, too. After reading some mermaid tales, dive deeper under the sea with the mermaid crafts and sensory items, actualize dreams of being a real mermaid by creating DIY mermaid costumes, and then finish off the fun with a mermaid snack. You’ll find everything you need for a complete mermaid experience at the end of the post.

Picture Books

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Mermaid by Rhiannon Fielding is about a little mermaid who would rather play and explore than go to bed.

How to Meet a Mermaid by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo gives directions for what to do if you want to meet a mermaid…and states what will happen when you do.

How to Meet a Mermaid

Pearl by Molly Idle is about a young mermaid who wants to have a special job like all the other mermaids and how her seemingly insignificant job is more important than she knows.

How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton is a cute story about two kids who try to catch a Mermaid so that she will be there friend.

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell is about a mermaid who sets out to learn the purpose of a shoe and consequently discovers her own purpose. The book’s message is great for all young people who are still searching for their place in the world.

The Mermaid and the Shoe

Mermaid and Me by Soosh is a beautiful story about friendship and keeping the oceans clean.

The Mermaid by Jan Brett is a mermaid retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel, illustrated by Julianna Swaney is an underwater first day of school story.

Mariana and the Merchild by Caroline Pitcher, illustrated by Jackie Morris is about a lonely woman who finds belonging and acceptance in her community through fostering a mermaid.

Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Brian Pinkney is about a girl who’s stepfather makes her work all day and the mermaid who befriends her and offers her an escape.

Elementary-Age Readers

The Little Mermaid: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure by Eric Mark Braun, illustrated by Mariano Epelbaum is an interactive book that offers three modern twists on the classic fairy tale for readers to explore.

The Little Mermaid: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure

Mermaid Myths (Myths Across the Map) by Cynthia O’Brien is a nonfiction book that gives readers an overview of mermaid myths from around the world.

Mermaid Myths (Myths Across the Map)


For my sixth birthday, my mother threw me a mermaid party. We hung green streamers for seaweed, made paper fins, and created a life-size mermaid puzzle.

Whether you want to throw a mermaid-themed party or just have some under-the-sea fun, below are some mermaid crafts and snacks for your mermaid lovers.

Make Your Own Life-Size Mermaid Puzzle:
  1. Trace the outline of a child onto butcher paper. Be sure to trace their legs together and add fins.
  2. Color the mermaid/merman.
  3. Cut the mermaid/merman drawing into smaller pieces.
  4. Glue the pieces onto cardboard.
  5. Cut out the cardboard pieces.
  6. Assemble the puzzle.
Other Ways to Make Your Own Mermaid:

Curl Animation Mermaid Craft

Toilet Paper Tube Mermaid Doll

Origami Mermaid

DIY Mermaid Costume:

Mermaid Tail

Mermaid Tiara

Seashell Mermaid Purse

Poseidon’s Trident

Mermaid Sensory Seekers:

Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray

Mermaid Tail Glitter Sensory Bottle

Mermaid Slime

Mermaid Snacks:

Mermaid Tails

Clam Shell Cookies

Mermaid Lemonade (Mocktail)

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

No-Churn Mermaid Ice Cream

Happy reading and crafting to all the merfolk out there!



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