Watery reads for 8-12s
Did you know that 2018 is the Welsh Year of the Sea?
Below are our favourite sea-based books. Get ready to dive into an exciting world of mermaids, pirates, selkies and shipwrecks. Fin-tastic!
Author: Helen Dunmore
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
In Cornish legend, the Zenor mermaid fell in love with Mathew Trewhella and enticed him away to live in the sea with her forever...
Author: Liz Kessler
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
If anyone can single-handedly bring peace, solve the mystery of the lost sirens, find her estranged grandparents and persuade Neptune to lift his banishment curse, it's Emily...
Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Claire Jenkins
Lyrical text is enhanced by evocative watercolour illustrations in this haunting and heart-wrenching tale of love, loss and trust, which is inspired by Selkie legends from around the world.
Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Philip Reeve and Sarah McInytre have joined forces to create a wonderfully wacky nautical tale.
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
The first book in the Waterfire saga, this magical undersea adventure takes its inspiration from the myth of Atlantis. The courageous teen mermaid heroines will especially appeal to girl readers.
Author: Jackie Morris
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
A tender and mythical exploration of the selkie myth in a family context, with a gentle and evocative use of watercolour, this breathtakingly beautiful book is one to treasure.
Author: Tom Avery
Publisher: Andersen Press
Younger middle-grade readers desperate to get their teeth into something a little more serious will enjoy this sensitive story.
Author: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Macmillan's Children's Books
When Mr Munroe starts wearing the Bog Goggles he is led on an unexpected journey. On her quest to find her friend, Ottoline meets a host of different people and creatures, goes deep sea diving, and even flies in a plane.
Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Anja Uhren
Inspired by traditional folk tales of mythical sea creatures, this other-worldly story of the savagery and beauty of the ocean will captivate readers. The ethereal illustrations, in a palette of watery blues, greens and greys, perfectly complement the poetic narrative.
Author: Gareth P Jones
The Steampunk Pirates' treasure has been stolen by what they think is a sea monster. They make a plan to get their treasure back and uncover more mysteries than they bargained for in this rip-roaring tale of daring-do on the high seas.
Author: Lu Hersey
Hugely evocative of the romantic and wild Cornish landscape, this modern retelling of the selkie myth is a magical and beautiful story about coming of age, transformation and belonging.
Author: Neill Cameron and Kate Brown
Publisher: David Fickling Books
A fantastic graphic novel from the team at children's comic The Phoenix, this is a page-turning adventure with a great main character in brave, athletic and reckless Tamsin.