Exploring Elemental Creatures

By Skokie Staff BOOMbox

Explore the elemental creatures from myths and legends around the world with these books for kids and teens. Recommended by Eli O.

  • Have You Ever Zeen a Ziz?

    2020 by Marshall, Linda Elovitz

    This picture book about a mythical fire bird includes amazingly colorful illustrations.

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  • Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story

    2001 by Seeger, Pete

    Zoop! This tale, full of fun sounds and songs, would be great for reading aloud as a group.

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  • The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story

    2020 by Cho, Tina M.

    The "mermaids" in this story are human, but that doesn't make them feel any less magical. The relationship between Dayeon and her grandmother is very touching, and there is a lot to learn about the Korean haenyeo tradition in the notes at the end of the story.

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  • The Phoenix of Persia

    2019 by Clayton, Sally Pomme

    This Persian story is another take on the idea of a phoenix. Even if you aren't familiar with Persian mythology, this is tale really approachable and leads to wanting to find more stories about Zal's adventures.

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  • The Water Dragon: A Chinese Legend

    2012 by Li, Jian

    The rhythm and repetition of this book is similar to lots of fairy tales, but the Chinese legend is less familiar. It's fun seeing dragons associated with an element that isn't fire. This book contains both Chinese and English text and would be great for multilingual households or language learners.

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  • Ice Wolves

    2018 by Kaufman, Amie

    Don't let the title fool you--ice wolves aren't the only elemental creatures you'll find in this story. Ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies but, as the characters quickly learn, their rivalry may not be the complete story.

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  • Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons

    2003 by Drake, Ernest

    This is a great resource for readers interested in the diversity of dragons. The interactive 3D and textural elements make it a sensory delight.

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  • A Song below Water

    2020 by Morrow, Bethany C.

    Sirens are just one of many types of magical creature in this story. The authentic, nuanced portrayal of a wide variety of family relationships and the commentary on oppression, both supernatural and all too real, are refreshing.

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  • Crown of Feathers

    2019 by Pau Preto, Nicki

    In this story, two sisters want to revive the tradition of Phoenix Riders, a group of noble warriors, but they have very different ideas of how to go about doing so. After setting out on her own, Veronyka must discover her own priorities and reflect on her relationships. These challenges are relatable even to people without magical powers.

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  • Elemental Magic: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters

    2012 by Lackey, Mercedes

    This anthology features elemental magicians and spirits throughout time. The multiple authors bring a diversity of perspectives.

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