Book list

This book list is just a beginning collection. There could be so many more books I could add, but this is a good place to start. Beneath this list is another of books about Selkies, the seal people.

About Teaching Storytelling:

The Way of the Storyteller - Ruth Sawyer, Penguin 1942

Our Stories Remember - Joseph Bruchac, Fulcrum Publishing, 2003

Tell Me A Tale - Joseph Bruchac, Harcourt & Brace, 1997

Children Tell Stories - Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss, Richard C. Owen Publishers, Inc, 1990

Improving Your Storytelling - Doug Lipman, August House, 1999

An Elementary Odyssey - David H. Millstone, Heineman, 1995

Folklore and Fairy Tale Books

Indian Fairy Tales - Joseph Jacobs, Dover, 1969

English Fairy Tales - Joseph Jacobs, Dover, 1967

Celtic Fairy Tales - Joseph Jacobs, Senate, 1994

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales - William Butler Yeats, The Modern Library, 2003

Myths and Folk-Lore of Ireland - Jeremiah Curtin, Little, Brown & Co., 1890

Tales of the Seal People - Duncan Williamson, Interlink, 2005

'Coloured' Fairy Book Series (Blue, Green, Brown etc), Dover, 1965

Favorite Folktales from Around the World - Jane Yolen, Pantheon, 1986

American Indian Myths and Legends - Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, Pantheon, 1984

The Norse Myths - Kevin Crossley-Holland, Pantheon, 1980

Norwegian Folktales - Peter Christian Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe, Pantheon, 1982

Best-loved Folktales - Joanna Cole, Anchor Books, 1982

Favorite African Folktales - Nelson Mandela, Norton, 2002

Tatterhood and Other Tales - Ethel Johnston Phelps, The Feminist Press, 1978

Beowulf - Michael Morpurgo, Candlewick Press, 2006

The Complete Brothers Grimm

Bullfinch's Mythology

Jane Yolen has also written a book called Touch Magic, which is about literacy, and is a wonderful book to read.
Duncan Williamson is a legend of Scottish stories. Any book of his is worth getting. Unfortunately many are out of print. Not the one (at this point) above!
Kevin Crossley-Holland is another prolific folklorist. He has a children's version of the Norse Myths, but it is an edited version of the one mentioned above. All things by Crossley-Holland are definitely worth a look at, the same goes for Joseph Bruchac - both the books mentioned above and his story books.
The Beowulf version I have listed is for juvenile readers and is very accessible although there are many different translations. James Rumford has another juvenile version using only Anglo-Saxon words!

The Selkie

There is one story often told about the Selkie. I heard it first in Scotland, but there are other versions of the tale from other countries and cultures. It is the story called Woman of the Sea or The Seal Skin. But there are many more tales about the Seal People. Here are some of my own sources which also include this wonderful and often told tale and other books I have come across.

Books containing stories about the Seal People

Northern Lights - Kevin Crossley-Holland, Faber & Faber, 1987

World Folktales - Atelis Clarkson & Gilbert B Cross, Scribners, 1980

Irish Fairy Tales - Jeremiah Curtain, Barnes & Noble, 1993

Scottish Folk & Fairy Tales - Sir George Douglas, Walter Scott Publishing, 1892

More Ready-to-Tell Tales - David Holt & Bill Mooney, August House, 2000

Icelandic Folk and Fairy Tales - May & Hallburg Hallmunddsson, Iceland Review, 1987

People of the Sea - David Thomson - Turnstile Press, 1954

Tales of the Seal People, Scottish Folktales - Duncan Williamson - Interlink, 2005

A Thorn in the King's Foot - Duncan and Linda Williamson - Penguin, 1987

The Folk Keeper - Franny Billingsley, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001

Faery Tales and Nightmares - Melissa Marr, HarperCollins, 2012

The Selkie Girl - Susan Cooper, Margaret K. McElderry, 1986 (picture book)

The Lunenburg Werewolf and other Stories of the Supernatural - Steve Vernon, Nimbus Publishing, 2011


If you have other sources for stories of the Selkie, please let me know and I will add them to the list.

The following were provided by Claire Miller:

Land of the Seal People – Duncan Williamson, Birlinn, 2010 (overlaps with other Duncan W collections, but includes some stories published here for the first time)

The Mermaid Bride and Other Orkney Folk Tales – Tom Muir, The Orcadian Ltd (Kirkwall Press), 1998

Orkney Folk Tales – Tom Muir, The History Press, 2014

The Seal Mother – Mordicai Gerstein, Dial, 1986 (picture book)

Greyling: a picture story from the Islands of Shetland – Jane Yolen, World Publishing, 1968 (picture book)