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Favorite Mermaid Books and Tales


If you’re fascinated by mermaids, there are plenty of ways to get your fix! You may have mermaid makeup and even mermaid swimsuits, but you can really immerse yourself in the life of a mystical creature by reading these mermaid books that feature exciting adventures. 

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

This story is a great option for kids who want to enjoy a fun mermaid tale. Aimed at elementary and middle school readers, this story follows Emily Windsnap, a girl who learns that she is half mermaid.

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Her mother has kept the secret from her, but when she starts to take swimming lessons, she learns more about her true identity. This is a fun fantasy followed by a number of other books in the Emily Windsnap series.


The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen

This title is most closely associated with the animated Disney movie these days. However, it was originally a book by Hans Christian Andersen published in 1837. Like the movie, the book focuses on how a mermaid is obsessed with the human world, and the lengths to which she’ll go to become human.

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This fairy tale also shows a different side of the story by explaining how the Little Mermaid wants so badly to become human so she can earn a soul, something mermaids in this story don’t have. It’s darker than the movie, but just as fascinating for those who love mermaids.

Emerge by Tobie Easton

This is the first story in the Mer Chronicles series by Tobie Easton. Published in 2016, it’s a great option for kids and teens who want a modernized fairy tale about mermaids. In the story, Lia Nautilus is a mermaid who has never lived in the ocean due to a cure left behind by the Little Mermaid.

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She lives the life of a normal teenager, but some challenges arise that start to threaten her and the Malibu Mer community in which she lives. Read this book to hear what happens to Lia and her crush Clay Ericson, then follow up with the next book in the series titled, “Submerge.”


Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

If you’re looking for another mermaid series to enjoy, start with this book by Sarah Porter. It follows the story of a teenager named Luce. She undergoes an unexpected transformation into a mermaid and finds more of her kind. She’s so excited to have found a happy home underwater, but then some dark secrets about the mermaids start to emerge.

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Luce has a beautiful singing voice, however, which may change everything about what she thought her future would be like as a mermaid. Those who enjoy this book can follow it up with the next two books in the series: “Waking Storms” and “The Twice Lost.”

The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan

A young girl yearns for the chance to surf, but her father’s near-death experience during his time as a professional surfer has caused him to forbid it. But she continues to be drawn to the ocean by a mystical creature—a woman with a silvery tail and long hair. Will she pursue her dream of surfing? What will she see in the mermaid’s mirror? You’ll have to read to find out.

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The Mermaid by Jan Brett

What happens when a little Japanese mermaid swims upon a house of seashells and coral? Her curiosity gets the best of her as she enters to find a fancy setup that soon has her sleeping in someone else’s bed! What happens when the Octopus family comes home and finds her there? Check it out in this beautifully illustrated children’s book!

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Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor

Fancy Nancy is ready for the spotlight, but when she doesn’t get cast as one of the mermaids in an upcoming ballet recital, she’s devastated. She learns to accept her new part in the play and gets a sweet surprise in the end!

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Get Cozy with Mermaid Books

Once you’ve immersed yourself in these mermaid books and you’re ready for new reading material, swim over to our kid-friendly site to read Fin Fun’s Mermaiden Tales! Do you have a favorite mermaid book that is not on our list? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  • Posted by K.M. Robinson on June 28, 2018 at 4:26 am

    As a mermaid author, I approve of this list!! I also have a massive list of mermaid book by some fabulous authors I know, if you’d like to add more to your list😉

  • Posted by Talia on August 21, 2020 at 1:59 am

    My favorite book, one that I read when I was about 11, is “Seaside mystery, (Choose your own adventure, book 67)”, by Ann Hodgman. I still have it on hand on my shelf, along with my mermaid treasures. It was this book the one that made me want a mermaid tail – my mom sewed one for me out of an old pair of thick pantyhose, LOL! It was the 80’s, and we had nothing better then 🙂

    Also, “Mermaids: The myths, legends and lore”, by Skye Alexander. It is a lovely seafoam green book, with lots of antique-looking drawings.

    I highly recommend both!