Children’s Books by the Mermaid of Hilton Head®

Mermaid Nina started writing children’s books to educate children and adults about how to respect nature and all of its animals as well as teach them what changes they can make to help her ocean friends. 

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Sammy the Sand Dollar was Mermaid Nina’s first Children’s book. Her goal with this book was to educate people that Sand Dollars are living things and they should not be killed to be used as decorations. Many people take living sand dollars from the beaches because they can’t tell the difference between living and dead sand dollars.

Children's Book Sammy the Sand Dollar

Sammy The Sand Dollar - Sammy is a sand dollar who loves to go on adventures with his friends, Stu the starfish and Lily the dolphin. One day, their adventure takes them too close to shore and Sammy is put in danger when a person takes him out of the water. How can Stu and Lily save their friend when they can’t leave the ocean’s safety?

Luckily, a child on the beach sees what happens and takes action to return Sammy to where he belongs: in the water.

Sammy the Sand Dollar teaches children basic language skills while informing them about aquatic wildlife. Kids will love going on an adventure with Sammy and his friends, and they’ll learn the importance of respecting nature and all of it’s animals.

The Mermaid of Hilton Head® was Mermaid Nina’s second children’s book. It was written and illustrated by her when she was evacuated from the island by hurricane Mathew.

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The Mermaid of Hilton Head® didn’t always live around the island; she used to travel up and down the East Coast with her mermaid pod. When passing by Hilton Head Island, she often noticed that the sea turtles seem stressed. The mermaid set out to investigate the problem and find a solution save the turtles!

After discovering a simple solution to the turtles’ problem the Mermaid of Hilton Head® dedicates her life to making sure the island’s sea turtles are safe and happy.

The Mermaid of Hilton Head® takes children on an aquatic adventure while teaching them about nature conservation. Kids will love getting to know the Mermaid of Hilton Head® and they’ll be thrilled to know that a simple action can help save the island’s sea turtles.

Mermaid Nina wrote and illustrated her third children’s book, The Mermaid of Hilton Head: Dolphin Adventures to bring the  Mermaid Encounter Boat Tour to life. You can read this book and then jump on the boat tour to see the illustrations come alive and see Mermaid Nina swimming in the wild.

The Mermaid of Hilton Head® is back for a second adventure! This time, she’s on a quest to save the area’s dolphins from becoming injured by boats’ propellers when boaters try to feed the beautiful creatures. But how can she find a trustworthy human to help her?

Thankfully, Captain Rick enters the scene, assisting the Mermaid of Hilton Head in educating boaters so her dolphin friends are kept safe and happy.

Dolphin Adventures teaches children that while it’s fun to see dolphins up close, it’s not good for them to eat human food or for them to get so close to boats. Kids will love going on another mission with the Mermaid of Hilton Head, and they’ll learn about being responsible wildlife advocates along the way.

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When you ask Mermaid Nina about why she writes children’s books her answer is simple. “It’s a way to educate. You can talk all day long about what is right and what is wrong but if you can connect people with the animals being affected by their actions you can really educate them and get them to care. If you educate them about what is right and wrong then they may change and do the right. Children’s Books are something to which everyone can relate. Kids and adults both enjoy reading and learning along the way.”

The Mermaid of Hilton Head® is always working on her next project. She is in the process of writing and illustrating her fourth book, third in the mermaid book series. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter so you can stay up to date as to when the next children’s book is getting published.

All of Mermaid Nina’s books can be found around local stores on Hilton Head Island and in her online store. If you are interested in purchasing books for resell please contact us via email.