“Mermaid Dreams is a beautiful story full of the rich culture of the Yoruba and wisdom of the Orisha Yemaya. Though written for children, adults will enjoy the amazing art and delightful writing.”
~ Ifalade TaShia Asanti, award-winning journalist & founder, Read Us Book Awards
Maya dreams of being a mermaid. She dances to Caribbean music in her favorite skirt her mama made of seven tiers of turquoise net. She dives for shiny coins in the pool at the park and can float on her back forever.
But Maya also has nightmares and ocean fears. One night before bed, mama tells her the legend of her namesake, the African goddess Yemaya, divine mother of the sea, who comes to her as a mermaid in her dream.
Mermaid Dreams illuminates the universal dreams and fears of children and adults alike, offering new ways to find courage and comfort, inner power and peace. Mermaid Dreams expands the mosaic of mermaid imagery so that more children can recognize themselves in this magical archetype.
“A magical story about a young girl finding courage through a beautiful legend of her heritage and family history. It will inspire young readers to believe in themselves and overcome their fears.”
~ Tanya Hansen, 1st grade teacher
“As a woman of color, a mother of a brown daughter, a children’s librarian, a writer, and a human being in this world, at last a dreamlike tale featuring a brown goddess! …Magic is what Mermaid Dreams gifts all children – and adults – who open its pages.”
~ Bird Mejia, author of Wild Woman at My Door
***We are so excited to be hosting a book signing and meet-and-greet with the creators of this fabulous book. Calling all mermaids and mermen to Paradise Found on Thursday August 1st from 5-7pm for a delightful literary evening with local award-winning author Janet Lucy, and award-winning author and illustrator Colleen McCarthy-Evans!*** Click here to find out more.
About the Creators
Janet Lucy, MA, is an award-winning writer and poet, and the author of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter ~ Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age (Publishing by the Seas, Second Edition, 2011) and The Three Sunflowers (Publishing by the Seas, 2012), a children’s book for all ages. She has been a contributor to Mothering, Mamalode, Natural Solutions, The Sun, Skirt! and Real Travel magazines.
Janet holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and a California Teaching Credential from UC Santa Barbara. She is the Founder/Director of Women’s Creative Network (WCN) in Santa Barbara, California, a consulting business emphasizing intuitive, creative and professional development through writing. Janet offers individual consulting & counseling, weekly writing groups, workshops, and international writing retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and Italy.
Colleen McCarthy-Evans is an award-winning writer, illustrator and board game inventor. A lifelong seeker of truth, her world view has been strongly influenced by the many wisdom cultures of the world. She’s a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Charter School (est.1993), whose mission it is to teach Conflict Resolution along with Academics and the Arts. She lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband and dog, loves to practice and teach Kundalini Yoga, and enjoys being in and out of the garden with her two grown sons, family and friends.