Reader moms are always looking for ways to get their kids to read. However, sometimes it’s not that easy to know exactly what books your child should be exposed to, since books have a deep effect on upbringing. One way to engage your child in books is with stories of magical creatures like mermaids and fairies. These books stimulate your child’s imagination, are interesting enough to hold his/her attention and are act as wonderful teaching stories too. Today, we’ve curated a list of enchanting books about mermaids for kids. These books will both enchant and teach your child and keep him/her occupied.

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson)
Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson)

This one is a children’s fantasy classic that we all grew up reading. It’s not wrong to say that this book is evergreen, for even as we enjoyed it, it has still not become redundant. This story follows a cute little mermaid as she falls in love with a human being. The ending is definitely bittersweet, and its moral message has been criticized by not a few. However, this is still a wonderful story to read, and is full of adventure and fantasy that children love.

The Mermaid’s Shoes by Sanne Te Loo

Mermaids Story Books (The Mermaid’s Shoes by Sanne Te Loo)
Mermaids Story Books (The Mermaid’s Shoes by Sanne Te Loo)

This cute and girly story follows a little girl, Mia as she finds mermaid shoes on the beach, on the last day of her vacation. Discovering her newfound identity as a mermaid, she embarks on a search to find the perfect location to perch – aquariums, rivers and the sea, she scourges them all. Finally, her perfect home is found in her own city home – in a fountain! Here she poses for a photo in her mermaid attire which goes viral. This book is replete with vibrant, beautiful pictures that bring the sea close to home – perfect for pandemic blues!

Pearl by Molly Idle

Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (Pearl by Molly Idle)
Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (Pearl by Molly Idle)

This beautiful book has a strong message for your little reader – it combines cute and fun storytelling with environmental awareness. Our protagonist, a little mermaid, is very keen about protecting coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. But when her mother gives her only one grain of sand to protect, she is sad. With will power and patience, she must prove to the world that actions that seem inconsequential actually have a great impact. With gorgeous pictures and whimsical writing, this book is sure to draw your kid in with its lure.

Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron

Mermaids Story Books (Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron)
Mermaids Story Books (Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron)

Suitable for older children around 9-10 years, this is the story of Anthoni Gillis who doesn’t believe in mythological creatures like mermaids. When she spends a summer at the Thunder Lake in Showboat Resort, she has a realistic plan for making friends and pays no heed to mermaid rumours. However, the arrival of Maddy and mermaids, things become quite complicated.

Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees

Mermaids Story Books (Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees)
Mermaids Story Books (Mermaid Magic by Gwyneth Rees)

This is a charming and delightful story about a family of underwater merpeople and is sure to transport your child to another world altogether. We follow in particular a special mermaid called Rani, who was discovered in a giant clam shell as a baby. Her family then adopted her and raised her like their own. However, when a magic mermaid tells her that Rani, too, has magical powers, the desire to see her family seizes Rani. Finally, looking into a special stone that enables her to see into her past, Rani discovers that she has a twin brother! This endearing story of family and magic will leave your child spellbound!

Julian is now a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (Julian is now a Mermaid by Jessica Love)
Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (Julian is now a Mermaid by Jessica Love)

This stunning story of identity and self-love is an excellent introduction to queer fiction and the LGBTQA+ community for children. Our protagonist is Julian, who on his way home on the subway discovers three fascinating women. They have fishtail endings on their dresses and rock vibrant colours. This dazzles Julian, who now wants to wear the same kind of clothes as them. There’s just one problem – what will Abuela think of his wishes and desires? This adorable and colourful story has an underlying message of acceptance and belonging.

Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel

Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel)
Enchanting Books About Mermaids For Kids (Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel)

This whimsical children’s picture book follows Molly on her first day at Mermaid School. It’s entertaining, fun and extraordinarily adorable. Molly gets to count clamshells, recite A B Seas and even listen to storytime stories about humans who walk on land. Putting a twist to the usual school first days, yet retaining the excitement and all the important parts, this book will make your child look forward to first days!

Mermaid Dreams by Kate Pugsley

Mermaids Story Books (Mermaid Dreams by Kate Pugsley)
Mermaids Story Books (Mermaid Dreams by Kate Pugsley)

This beautiful and hopeful picture book is the story of shy and timid Maya, who hesitates to make friends. However, on a Saturday, her parents take her to the beach and she is lulled to sleep by the warm sun between her toes and the soft sounds of the waves. When she wakes up, she is delighted to find that she is underwater – and even has a tail! From then on, she proceeds to make exciting and unexpected friendships. This book is perfect for kids who are shy and reluctant to make friends.

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