Julian is a Mermaid
Julian is a Mermaid is an award winning children's picture book by writer and illustrator Jessica Love. It follows the life of a young Afro-Latinx boy and his nana. It is a simple yet important story that we think you and the children in your life may enjoy...
On a subway ride home with his nana, Julian is mesmerised by three beautiful mermaids. He wants to be a mermaid too, so when he gets home plays dress up. He uses his nana’s plants to resemble the mermaids flowing hair, he throws on her lacy curtains for a swishy tail and adds a dash of lipstick for a purple pout! Julian is worried that his nana will be angry when she sees his transformation, but instead he is welcomed with love and acceptance.
The writer and illustrator, Jessica Love, explains that she ‘wanted those kids who might start the book saying, ‘Hey, why is he in a dress? He’s a boy!’ to go on the journey with him, feel empathy when he is downcast and elation when he finds his people.’ This is a beautifully illustrated book, full of colour and joy. It celebrates individuality, self-expression, diversity, and above all else the unconditional love between a grandmother and her grandson.
What people have said about the book:
"This charmingly subversive tale [...] offers a simple yet powerful story of the importance of being seen and affirmed." - Kirkus Reviews
"This beautiful book is one of the very few picture books about a gender non-conforming child. Yet it feels like a celebration of all children who want to do things differently than the parental figures in their lives—and a love letter to the grownups who deeply understand them." - The Gothamist