Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids — The Little Mermaid Inspiration

Today’s picks are inspired by Studio East/Storybook Theatre’s upcoming production of The Little Mermaid. This musical show for kids, complete with audience participation, will be playing May 5, 6, 12, and 13 at the Kirkland Performance Center. This week’s books feature princesses, princes, and other fairy tale characters, although each plot involves a twist that will make readers think, laugh, or cheer. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer, Illustrated by Josee Massee

Dutton Juvenile, 978-0-525-47901-7


This beautifully illustrated poetry collection is unique in that each poem is a reverso, a poetic form created by the author. Each poem is meant to be read from top to bottom and then again from bottom to top. The poems focus on different fairy tales, from Cinderella to Jack and the Beanstalk. If you haven’t explored poetry with your children, these short and very accessible poems are a great place to start.



The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Annick Press, 9780920236162


There’s nothing like a liberated and independent princess to make my day! This is the story of beautiful Princess Elizabeth who is engaged to marry handsome Prince Ronald. Then one day a dragon burns down her castle and kidnaps Ronald. However, when the princess rescues Ronald, he is more concerned that she is wearing a singed paper bag than the fact that she risked death to save him. So she gives him a piece of her mind and walks off into the sunset.



The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

Dial, 978-0-803-70619-4


This Cinderella-like folktale, adapted from a Creole story, tells the story of a woman with two daughters, Rose, who is mean, and Blanche, who is kindhearted. In the forest, Blanche meets a magical old woman who rewards her kindness with magical talking eggs. This Caldecott Honor Book features gorgeous, culturally accurate illustrations that encourage the viewer to imagine beyond the picture on the page. A great book to read aloud with the whole family.