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Julián is a Mermaid

Title

Julián is a Mermaid

Authors

Jessica Love

Publisher

Candlewick Press

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9780763690458

Pages

40 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Kinship care; Bilingual; Gender nonconformity; grandparent raising grandchild; bilingual family; gender identity; gender expression

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Latinx

Family Formation

grandmother

Awards

Bologna Ragazzi Award, 2019, Winner, Opera Prima
Children's and Teen Choice Book Award, 2019, Finalist, K-2
Cybils Awards, 2018, Finalist, Fiction Picture Book
Goodreads Choice Award, 2018, Nominee, Picture Book
Kate Greenaway Medal, 2019, Long List, Children's Book
NAIBA Book of the Year Award, 2018, Winner, Picture Book
Society of Illustrators Original Art Award, 2018, Silver Medal
Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2019, Winner, Children's (Young Adult Literature)
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2018
Best Books for Kids, 2018
Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2018 Ages 3 to 5
Best Children and YA Books, 2018 Picture Book
Choices, 2019 Picture Books For Younger Children
Notable Children's Books, 2019 Younger Readers
NPR's Book Concierge, 2018 Kids' Book

Keywords

New York; subway; mermaids; beach; dress up; swimming; costume; parade

Diversity Impact

direct

Julián is a Mermaid


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