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The Little Mermaid                                        J398.2 ANDERSON
by Hans Christian Anderson
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.     

My Diary from the Edge of the World              J FICTION
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Living in a world where sasquatches, dragons, giants, and mermaids are common, Gracie Lockwood keeps a diary of her family's journey as they seek The Extraordinary World in hopes of keeping her little brother, Sam, safe against all odds. 

Keeper                        J FICTION
by Kathi Appelt
On the night when mermaids are said to gather on a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico, ten-year-old Keeper sets out in a small boat, with her dog BD & a seagull named Captain, determined to find her mother, a mermaid.

The Little Mermaid                PICTURE BOOK
by Barbara Bazaldua
After falling in love with a prince during a sea storm, a mermaid makes a deal with a sea witch to trade her tail for legs.    

Escape from Carnivale                       J FICTION
by Dave Barry
When Surf the mermaid is captured by the evil Captain Crookshank and his crew, her friends enlist James, one of the Lost Boys, to help rescue her.                  

Swim, Boots, Swim!                           PICTURE BOOK
by Phoebe Beinstein
Dora wants to spend a day at the ocean, but she is surprised to learn that Boots doesn't know how to swim. Boots gets his first swimming lesson from Mariana the Mermaid.                     

When Mermaids Sleep                      PICTURE BOOK
by Ann Bonwill
When the moon shines into your room at night and casts a dreamy light, it is time to say goodnight.   

The Mermaid      PICTURE BOOK
by Jan Brett
Kiniro the mermaid wanders into a house made of seashells and coral and makes herself comfortable, but the Octopus family is not happy to return home to find Kiniro sleeping in Baby Octopus's bed. 

The Mermaid and the Shoe                           PICTURE BOOK
by K. G. Campbell
Appearing to possess no talent except for that of asking questions, little Minnow, one of King Neptune's 50 mermaid daughters, follows her questions to a wondrous place for answers about herself and her life's purpose.         

Trouble at Trident Academy:  Mermaid Tales #1                             IN-BETWEEN READER
by Debbie Dadey
Mermaids Shelly and Echo are excited to begin third grade at the prestigious Trident Academy. 

A Whale of a Tale:  Mermaid Tales #3                               IN-BETWEEN READER
by Debbie Dadey
When her class at Trident Academy visits a pod of whales, Kiki Coral must overcome her fears with the help of her friends.     

Danger in the Deep Blue Sea:  Mermaid Tales #4                   IN-BETWEEN READER
by Debbie Dadey
Late-breaking news from the Trident City Tide: There have been shark sightings in Trident City! No swimming alone! Pearl's father even hires a Shark Guard to escort her to school.                        

The Lost Princess:  Mermaid Tales #5                       IN-BETWEEN READER
by Debbie Dadey
Not one of the merkids in Shelly Siren's third-grade class can believe the shell-shattering news: Shelly is a princess!  

The Secret Sea Horse:  Mermaid Tales #6                 IN-BETWEEN READER
by Debbie Dadey
When Echo discovers that Rocky Ridge has his own pet sea horse, she wants one right away. Not everyone agrees sea horses should be pets, however. Perhaps they are happiest when swimming freely.     

Dream of the Blue Turtle:  Mermaid Tales #7                    IN-BETWEEN READER
by Debbie Dadey
Experiencing occasional visions of the future, mermaid Kiki Coral receives a psychic warning that her classmate, Rocky Ridge, will have a dangerous encounter with a giant leatherback turtle.   
See also:
Wish Upon a Starfish:  Mermaid Tales #14
Books Versus Looks:  Mermaid Tales #15
Flower Girl Dreams:  Mermaid Tales #16 

The Prince and the Mermaid                        J398.21 DEUCHAR
by Ian Deuchar
The Prince and the mermaid's happy marriage is threatened when a wicked witch casts an evil spell. 

The Islands of the Blessed                 J FICTION
by Nancy Farmer
In 1899, a fifteen-year-old orphan meets a noted portrait painter who seems to know things about her that even she is not aware of, and when she goes to Maine, she feels an undeniable pull to the sea.      

Mermaid Sister                      PICTURE BOOK
by Mary Ann Fraser
Shelly has always wanted a sister, so when she meets Coral, a mermaid, and brings her home, it seems like her wish has been granted.         

In a Glass Grimmly                             J FICTION
by Adam Gidwitz
Frog joins cousins Jack and Jill in leaving their own stories to seek a magic mirror, encountering such creatures as giants, mermaids, and goblins along the way.  

The Little Mermaid                BEGINNING READER
by Ruth Homberg     
The sea princess Ariel, longing to be human, trades her mermaid's tail for legs to win the love of a prince.          

The Mermaid Summer                       J FICTION
by Mollie Hunter
Anna's grandfather has been driven from the village for scorning a mermaid, and to remove the danger to her family that his return would cause, Anna must ensnare the dangerous creature. 

The Animal Family                             J FICTION
by Randall Jarrell
A lonely hunter living in the wilderness beside the sea gains a family made up of a mermaid, a bear, a lynx, and a boy.     

Thora                                      J FICTION
by Gillian Johnson
Ten-year-old Thora, daughter of a mermaid mother and a human father, has many adventures at sea until she must return to the English seaside town of Grimli and save her mother who has been captured by the greedy real estate developer, Frooty de Mare.

Thora and the Sea Green Unicorn                J FICTION
by Gillian Johnson
When an attempt to steal Shirley, a rare sea-unicorn, results in the sinking of their houseboat, ten-year-old Thora, her mermaid mother, and Mr. Walters stay at the estate of old friends and find a solution to the friends' financial troubles, but the would-be thief is still on their trail. 

Aqualicious                 PICTURE BOOK
by Victoria Kann
Sharing a fun-filled day at the beach with her family, Pinkalicious befriends a miniature mermaid who enjoys surfing, mini golf and hunting for seashells before asking for help returning home.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap                           J FICTION
by Liz Kessler     
After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, 12-year-old Emily discovers a terrible & wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world. 
See also:
Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist
Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun
Emily Windsnap and the Siren’s Secret 

Imaginary Menagerie:  A Book of Curious Creatures                                   J811.54 LARIOS
by Julie Hofstrand Larios
A collection of poems that describe mythical creatures, including mermaids, firebirds, and the sphinx. 

Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand                             J FICTION
by Gail Carson Levine
Three fairies from Never Land must deliver a wand they promised to the mermaid who has threatened to flood their home in Fairy Haven. 

Monsters and Water Beasts:  Creatures of Fact or Fiction?                        J398.2454 MILLER
by Karen Miller
Describes various fantastic monsters or animals which some people think might have inhabited the land or sea.   

Captain Monty Takes the Plunge                              PICTURE BOOK
by Jennifer Mook-Sang
A brave and bold pirate, feared by all who sail the seas, hides the truth about his inability to swim and even refuses to bathe before meeting a beautiful mermaid who inspires him to find courage when a threat against her life forces him to jump into the ocean. 

Fish Girl          J741.5973 NAPOLI
by Donna Jo Napoli
A young mermaid, called Fish Girl, in a boardwalk aquarium has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl's longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank. 

Mermaids Most Amazing                  J398.21 OLIVER
by Narelle Oliver
A colorfully illustrated picture book provides a comprehensive guide to the history, lore, and myths about these fantastical creatures in all their many shapes and forms.   

Mermaid Tales from Around the World                   J398.21
by Mary Pope Osborne
A collection of twelve mermaid tales from around the world, featuring such sources as France, Greece, and North Africa.     

The Secret World of Mermaids                  IN-BETWEEN
by Jordan Quinn
Thrown off his raft by a wave, Prince Lucas glimpses the mermaid kingdom before being pulled to the surface and disregards the king's admonition to respect the mermaids' privacy in his resolve to learn more about them.     

Above World                                       J FICTION
by Jenn Reese
In a future of high technology and genetic modification the Coral Kampii, like legendary mermaids, live isolated from the Above World, but when the devices that allows them to breathe underwater start to fail, thirteen-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku go to that forbidden place to find help.  

Mirage                        J FICTION
by Jenn Reese
The desert is no place for ocean-dwelling  Kampii like Aluna and Hoku, especially now that Aluna started growing her tail.     

Horizon                                   J FICTION
by Jenn Reese
Aluna and Hoku, Kampii from the City of Shifting Tides, and their friends, Equian Dash and winged Aviar Calli, are determined to stop a war. The maniacal ex-scientist Karl Strand is planning to conquer the world with his enormous army of tech-enhanced soldiers-- unless the four friends can get to Strand first.

Oliver and the Seawigs                   J FICTION
by Phillip Reeve
Embarking on a voyage to rescue his missing explorer parents, Oliver forges unlikely friendships with a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid and a living island before encountering sarcastic seaweed, an army of sea monkeys and a wicked sea captain. 

The Third Wish:  Fairy Realm, #3                   J FICTION
by Emily Rodda
When her home is threatened by fire, Jessie visits the mermaids of Under-Sea to search for a wish-stone.   

The Islander                                        J FICTION
by Cynthia Rylant  
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. 

Sukey and the Mermaid                    J398.21 SAN SOUCI
by Robert San Souci
Unhappy with her life at home, Sukey receives kindness and wealth from Mama Jo the mermaid. 

To Catch a Mermaid                          J FICTION
by Suzanne Selfors
When twelve-year-old Boomerang Broom discovers a wish-granting baby mermaid, he takes her home and his little sister begs to keep her, with unexpected consequences.   

Hugo Pepper                        J FICTION
by Paul Stewart
A boy, orphaned and raised in the Frozen North by reindeer herders, boards his birth parents' sled and sets its special compass to "Home," where he uncovers a plot that threatens his mermaid godmothers and other friends of his family.

Magical Mermaids!       BEGINNING READER
by Brian Swenlin
When Leah wishes she could see a real mermaid, twin genies Shimmer and Shine take her to meet Nila, but they have so much fun together that they use up all three of Leah's wishes, and must find another way of getting home. 

I Can Draw Mermaids                     J741 YATES
by Jane Yates
This stimulating book will show readers how to draw different styles of mermaids, including cartoon and manga, and teach them about the roles mermaids play in mythology.