Mermaid and Me

by Soosh (Author)

Mermaid and Me
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From Instagram sensation and New York Times bestselling author-artist Soosh comes a heartwarming celebration of friendship between a mermaid and a human girl. A young girl has always loved Mermaids. Every day she wishes she could be friends with one. And on one magical day, her wish comes true. Nestled on the beach, a place between their two worlds, these unlikely friends discover imaginative ways to go on many adventures. But will one stormy night drive them apart?

From the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Dad By My Side comes a gorgeously depicted story bursting with whimsy and imagination that celebrates the power of friendship.

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Kirkus Reviews

Most charming is the honesty of the females’ shapes, both as girls and as adults, as the two women reunite with their arms outstretched, full with their own little ones and love for one another. Full of little- (and big-) girl wonder and whimsy, this is a must for the mermaid-obsessed.


The story’s setting is very pleasing, with plenty of white space surrounding the wide-spaced lines of text and the beautifully composed, subtly shaded watercolor illustrations. A gentle, captivating picture book for “aboveground” kids who dream of mermaids.

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Soosh is the author of Mermaid and Me and the New York Times bestselling Dad by My Side. She is self-taught artist who has been doodling, drawing, and crafting things with her hands her whole life. Dad by My Side, her debut picture book, began as a series of illustrations she posted on her Instagram that claimed the hearts of hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. She invites you to visit her online @vskafandre and at

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
April 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV066000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mermaids
Library of Congress categories
Environmental protection
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