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!
Want more books about merpeople? Check out these "tails"!
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
E BRETT, J
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!
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!
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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