Mermaid Story Time with Mermaid Ria

The words "Mermaid Story Time" and "with Mermaid Ria (and Spot!)"  in dark green on top of a spread from the book "Goodnight Mermaid", which has four diverse mermaids swimming with fish.

Did you know that mermaids are an important part of ocean ecology and protecting our waters? They are! Local mermaid Ria swam by the Archer Branch recently to read us one of her favorite new books about mermaids and protecting the ocean: Goodnight Mermaid by Karla Oceanak. Ria encourages everyone to recite the mermaid pledge with her, so they can become ocean protectors and merpeople-in-training themselves!

The cover of "Goodnight Mermaid" by Karla Oceanak, which has a drawing of a tan mermaid with purple hair and a purple striped top and a green tail holding a stringed instrument with a smiling seal and moon. The title is in the top right corner in yellow.

Want more books about merpeople? Check out these "tails"!

The cover of "Can I Give You a Squish?" by Emily Neilson, which has a drawing of a merboy with blue hair and a gold tail, a red crab, a dolphin, and an octopus smiling at a nervous-looking yellow puffer fish. The title is in blue in the top right quadrant. The cover of "The Sea Tiger" by Victoria Turnbull, which has a blond merboy with an orange and white striped tail and a large tiger sitting in a boat on the sea floor as a school of fish swims above them. The title is in white at the top. The cover of "The Mermaid" by Jan Brett which has the title in teal at the top surrounded by 3 octopuses, and an intricately detailed scene below, with the central feature of a mermaid with black hair and a green tail.   

The cover of "Julián is a Mermaid" by Jessica Love, which has a small brown-skinned boy posing with one arm up in front of a brick wall. He is wearing a headdress made of ferns and flowers and a "tail" made of a sheet tied around his waist. The cover of "Mermaids" by Martha London, which has a purple background with mythical creatures, and a mermaid with brown skin and long brown hair and a teal top and tail. The title is at the top, on top of 3 squares that are green, blue, and yellow. The cover of "Mermaid Queen" by Shana Corey, which has a drawing of a white woman with curly brown hair posing in an orange cap and swimsuit, surrounded by splashes of water.

Can I Give You a Squish? by Emily Neilson
E NEILSON (Also available as an eBook!)
Kai, a merboy, loves to share hugs with his mother, but learns that some friends prefer fin bumps, tail claps, tentacle shakes, or claw pinches. -Baker & Taylor

The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull
The Sea Tiger is Oscar’s best friend—and Oscar’s only friend. They do everything together! But Oscar is shy, and so it’s up to the Sea Tiger to help him find other friends. -Random House, Inc.

The Mermaid by Jan Brett
Set in the ocean off Japan, this retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears stars Kiniro, a mermaid, who finds a baby octopus's breakfast, chair, and bed just right. -Baker & Taylor

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
E LOVE, J (Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook!)
Glimpsing a trio of women dressed up in fabulous mermaid costumes while riding the subway home with his abuela, little Julián resolves to make a fancy mermaid costume and headdress for himself. -Baker & Taylor

Mermaids by Martha London
J 398.21 LON 2020 (Grades 2-5)
This fact-filled book features beautiful illustrations, interactive questions, and information about multiple cultures' mermaid lore. An excellent introduction to the world of mermaids, with an emphasis on history, appearance, and behavior. 

Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune, and Swimsuit History! by Shana Corey
J BIO KELLERMAN, A (Grades 2-5)
Though not a "real" mermaid, and despite the hardships of her formative years, Annette Kellerman achieved her dreams! She went on to become a record-setting swimmer, the inventor of water ballet, and a fashion legend who changed the design of the swimsuit forever. -CH/Baker & Taylor


Looking for books about protecting our oceans and other life-giving waters? These titles are for you!

The cover of "Rocket Says Clean Up!" by Nathan Bryon, which has a drawing of a young Black girl in glasses and a wetsuit surfing while holding a garbage bag. The wave she's riding has lots of plastic in it.  The cover of "We Are Water Protectors" by Carole Lindstrom, which has a painting of a young Indigenous girl holding a feather and standing before a crescent moon, with swirls of water all around her. Silhouettes of people holding hands line the background The cover of "One Earth" by Eileen Spinelli, which has a drawing of four multi-ethnic children staring up at the sky as they sit beside a tree full of birds, a meadow full of butterflies, and a river full of fish. The cover of "The Mess That We Made" by Michelle Lord, which has 4 multi-ethnic children sitting in a small boat. They look sad as they are trying to clean up the plastic that fills the water around them, as ocean life attempts to swim by.

Rocket Says Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon
E BRYON, N (Also available as an eBook!)
While visiting her grandparents, who run whale-watching tours in Jamaica, Rocket sees first-hand how plastic is harming ocean creatures, and organizes a crew to clean up the local beach. -Baker & Taylor

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom (2021 Caldecott Winner!)
E LINDSTRO (Also available as an eBook!)
Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, this book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption—a bold and lyrical picture book vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade. -McMillan Palgrave

One Earth by Eileen Spinelli
An illustrated counting rhyme that celebrates the beauty of nature and recommends ways to protect our one and only world, including recycling, conserving energy, and repairing broken items. -Baker & Taylor

The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord
J 363.7394 LOR 2020 (Grades K-3)
With rhyming text in the style of "The House That Jack Built", The Mess That We Made explores the environmental impact of trash and plastic on the ocean and marine life, and inspires kids to do their part to combat pollution.


Mermaid Ria's tail resembles a whale shark's tail, which is the largest fish in the ocean. For more information about these endangered gentle giants, look for these books!

The cover of "Wandering Whale Sharks" by Susumu Shingū, which has a cerulean background and a black sketch of a whale shark as viewed from below, and the title and author in white.The cover of "Whale Shark" by Deborah Nuzzolo, which has a close-up photo of a whale shark with its mouth open swimming toward the camera. The title is in large white letters at the bottom of the photo.The cover of "The Great Shark Rescue" by Sandra Markle, which features a photo of three young whale sharks swimming from left to right. The title and author are in white and yellow at the top and bottom right of the cover.

Wandering Whale Sharks by Susumu Shingū
J 597.3 SHI 2015 (Grades PreK-1)
This book celebrates the beauty of the world's biggest fish with simple prose and uncluttered illustrations. -Booklist

Whale Shark by Deborah Nuzzolo
J597.3 NUZ 2009 (Grades K-2)
With beautiful color photographs and simple text on each page, this Pebble Plus nonfiction book is a perfect introduction to the wonderful world of whale sharks.

The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks by Sandra Markle
J597.33 MAR 2020 (Grades 4-6)
The story of whale sharks—the largest fish on the planet. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, they were categorized as endangered in 2016. Find out how scientists are working to study and protect these gentle giants of the ocean. -Baker & Taylor


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Mermaid Storytime: Goodnight Mermaid

Posted by CrissyH on March 23, 2021