Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Mermaid Covers

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A photorealistic painting of a mermaid swimming in the ocean. The shot is set from a perspective on the ocean floor where the viewers is looking up at the bright sun overhead and a mermaid that is mostly blocking out it’s rays as it swims close to the surface of the water. The mermaid has a large, thick fin and several small, thin, and partially see-through fins on its hips and arms that are helping it to navigate through the water. The original topic for this week was “Books or Covers that Feel/Look Like Summer.” I followed the prompt exactly last year, so this time I’m going to be a little creative with it.

There may not be any real mermaids in Lake Ontario, the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, or any other large bodies of water, but it’s always fun to stare out at those endless waves and imagine what might be swimming around happily just out of sight on a warm summer day.

Being an adult doesn’t mean you have to stop imagining beautiful things after all, and now is a great time to do it.

Here are ten books with mermaids or mermen on their covers.

If Greg @ Book Haven happens to read this post, answer #7 reminds me of the kind of stuff you blog about. I included it specifically to amuse you.

Book cover for Nen and the Lonely Fisherman by Ian Eagleton. Image on cover shows a brown mermaid with a yellow tail sitting on a rock as the ocean crashes against the rock. She is looking at a fisherman wearing a yellow jacket who is in a red boat far away from her.

1. Nen and the Lonely Fisherman by Ian Eagleton


Book cover for The Mermaid in the Millpond by Lucy Strange. Image on cover is a drawing of an all-white mermaid swimming in a pond filled with algae and seaweed next to an old stone house and a tree that doesn’t have any leaves on it. The mermaid is staring at the tree and you cannot see her face.


2. The Mermaid in the Millpond by Lucy Strange


Book cover for The Merman by Dick King-Smith. Image on cover shows a merman with olive skin and white hair swimming in the ocean with his tail flipped out of the weather. He’s looking at a girl who is wearing a red dress. She is sitting on top of a large rock and looking down at him as seagulls fly by.

3. The Merman by Dick King-Smith


Book cover for Tides by Betsy Cornwell . Image on cover shows an Asian mermaid who has just plunged deeply into the ocean. You can see a plume of water and air rising up to the surface behind her as she joyfully begins to turn away from a manatee at the bottom of the shallow ocean flor and swim upwards again.

4. Tides by Betsy Cornwell


Book cover for l Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (Real Mermaids, #1)  by Helene Boudreau. Image on cover shows a young white mermaid touching their own hands as the back of one hands gently touches their green and blue tail.

5. Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (Real Mermaids, #1)  by Helene Boudreau


Book cover for The Deep by Rivers Solomon. Image on cover shows a black mermaid swimming up to the light and air as a gigantic whale swims by her.

6. The Deep by Rivers Solomon


Book cover for Merciless Mermaids (Agent 0008, #11) by Clyde Allison. Image on cover shows a vintage, pulpy, 1940s style drawing of a mermaid who has red hair and a gigantic octopus wrapping it’s tentacles around her body.


7. The Merciless Mermaids (Agent 0008, #11) by Clyde Allison


Book cover for The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen. Image on cover shows a Vietnamese kid with short hair and glasses who is wearing a patched jacket and reading a book. There is a faint drawing of a mermaid swimming on the green background behind him.

8. The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen


Book cover for The Little Mermaid by Deborah Hautzig and Hans Christian Andersen. Image on cover shows a brunette Caucasian mermaid sitting on a large rock in the ocean next to a white castle in the distance on the land. Her long, wavy hair is covering her otherwise bare torso.

9. The Little Mermaid by Deborah Hautzig and Hans Christian Andersen


Book cover for The Call of the Deep (The Matchless Deep, #1) by Tracy Lane. Image on cover shows the tail of a mermaid or merman as t they dive deeply into the ocean where there is very little light at all.

10. The Call of the Deep (The Matchless Deep, #1) by Tracy Lane



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79 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Mermaid Covers

  1. Joanne

    Great idea for this topic!

  2. I had no idea there were so many books about merfolk! Probably more fun than vampires..

  3. What a great twist on the theme! I love anything to do with mermaids😁

  4. Oh my goodness! This was so fun to read. And fun covers. Mermaids are so interesting.

  5. Ohhh, this is such a cool take on the topic! I need to add some sea fantasy to my TBR.

  6. Great timing with this theme! I really like mermaid books but I think the only one I’ve read here is The Deep. Great list.

  7. Number 7 is very Greg, ha! I enjoyed your take on the topic!

  8. Angela @ Literary Wanderer

    Oh, wow, these are so fun!

  9. Jo

    Loving your different take on this week’s topic!

  10. Mermaids! One of my favorite summer tropes, need to look for the synopsis.

  11. I totally agree. I love staring out at th water and wondering what if. And oh my gosh thanks for the shout out!!! I love the look of that book. 🙂

    I’m also a big fan of Tides. One of my favorite covers and I almost used it but then ran out of time and didn’t do a TT. How funny if I had!

  12. Fun post! I can’t remember if I did this one last year or not, probably, LOL! Maybe I should compare the books I shared last year with the ones from this year.

  13. This is such a fun take on the topic, gotta love a good mermaid cover!

  14. Andi

    What a great post! My daughter loves mermaids.

  15. Using mermaids for the topic is a great fit for this week. A good mermaid story is always fun. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my website this week.

  16. Mermaids totally feel like Summer! Great Idea

  17. I love the mermaid theme you did for summer – all the covers are gorg.

  18. Very cool spin on the topic! I love seeing all of these. It’s funny– I read The Magic Fish earlier this year and didn’t spot the mermaid on the cover until seeing it here. I can’t believe I missed it now! Thanks for sharing these.

  19. oh my gosh i need some mermaid books after watching the little mermaid! one of my favourites is The Surface Breaks!

  20. I love your choice of topic, I need to read more mermaid books!

  21. Very creative take on the topic! I didn’t realise how many mermaid-themed books there were.

  22. What a great spin on this week’s idea! I haven’t read (or heard of) most of these, but I absolutely adored The Deep. I’m going to have to check out some of these.

  23. I feel like I need to read more books featuring mermaids.

  24. Who knew there were so many books about merfolk, and not just for the kids? I read a romance trilogy a few years ago about a mermaid named Fred, who was also a marine biologist. It was written by Mary Janice Davidson. So much fun!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.
    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  25. This is a fabulous and fun spin on covers! 🙌 Carol @ ReadingLadies

  26. Oh, I love this selection of books. I’ve been wanting to read books with mermaids in them. The Little Mermaid (which I haven’t seen yet) has sparked my interest in them lately. I love all things magical…witches, fairies, mermaids (which I recently learned are also known as water witches). 🙂

    • I haven’t seen the new The Little Mermaid yet either, but I’m curious about it.

      I didn’t know mermaids were also called water witches. So cool.

  27. I love this take on the summer book covers.

    Beautiful covers.

  28. I love your take on this theme! I love mermaid novels I love that different cultures have different takes on their tales (tails😂) as well. I haven’t read any of the ones here besides The Little Mermaid but The Deep is on my TBR.

  29. They are beautiful covers – who knew that there were so many mermaid stories?!

    Have a great week!

  30. I love your twist on the topic! So fun. #7 is definitely a cover Greg would post. LOL.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  31. Love that you twisted this topic! Mermaids are definitely summery to me.

  32. Great topic! I love mermaids and books about mermaids.

  33. I like this idea for the topic, and those covers are all lovely.

  34. You’re absolutely right! We should never stop using our imaginations. The idea of mermaids is so fascinating! I’ve been intrigued since I saw Splash as a kid. 😉 Great twist, Lydia!

  35. What a fun twist on the theme this week!

    Thanks for stopping by my wintery TTT this week!

  36. I love this post because I love mermaids! <3

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