The Secret History of Mermaids by Ari Berk is great if you are looking for a mermaid book for middle readers and up. Not that adults can't enjoy it but the information is offered in bits and pieces similar to Wizardology and Dragonology. The children in my life adore these books and most adults have affection for them. The Secret History of Mermaids has enough information to spark a search for the full stories as well as a nice diversity of mermaids beyond the standard.
Book description from the publisher:
Since ancient times, seafarers and coast-dwellers the world over have reported encounters with merpeople. Variously known as Finfolk, Dinny Mara, Nereids, Blue Men, and Merrymaids, merfolk have been the source of both gifts and disasters for humankind. Now a lavishly illustrated resource offers insight into the lives, origins, language, and magic of these elusive peoples. Like a siren’s song, this fascinating tome is sure to enthrall all who fall under its spell. Special features include:Here's Ari Berk's bio:
— paper novelties — including sundry flaps, booklets, and gatefolds
— a lavish cover with foil, embossing, and glittery jewels
— an elegant tassel dangling from the spine
Ari Berk is a writer, visual artist, and scholar of literature, folklore, and myth. He has written everything from academic works on ancient cultures to popular books about myths for children and adults. A professor at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Ari Berk has traveled widely and made friends (aquatic and otherwise) in many parts of the world.Which means he brings a depth and knowledge that is often missing in similar books. He grounds his work in scholarly research which brings authenticity to this one and its companion, The Secret History of Giants.