Bookbug Book of the Month: Julian is a Mermaid

Competition type: Early Years

Start date: 03 February 2020, 10:00

Closing date: 01 March 2020, 00:00

Language: English
Genre: LGBT
Age group: 3-5, Families

We have five copies of Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love to give away. Just answer the question below for a chance to win. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 1 March 2020.

'Julian is a Mermaid is a beautiful, dreamlike book, that slips effortlessly between the imagination and reality of the central character, Julian. Jessica Love’s stunning illustrations are punctuated with only a little dialogue, but that is enough to understand the special relationship and strong bond between Julian and his Nana. On his way home one day, Julian spots some ladies dressed for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, and feels a spark, a moment of connection, that prompts him to dress up as a mermaid when they get home. For me, the acceptance shown by Julian’s Nana is a simple, uncomplicated gesture of love, but shows the highest level of respect for children. The most empowering thing we can do for children of any age is allowing them to ask questions and be exactly who they want to be. Julian is a Mermaid seems a particularly appropriate choice for LGBT History Month, but will stand the test of time as a joyful celebration of love and diversity. This book is up there with my all time favourites for all small people and their grown ups.'

- Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years

For more picture books that celebrate love, diversity, and being true to yourself, check out our new Picture books to celebrate LGBT History Month book list.

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What does Julian dream of dressing up as when he gets home: Unicorn, Princess or Mermaid?