Author: Jessica Love
Tags: award winner, children's book, Hispanic, Latino, LGBT, mermaids, non-religious holiday, Picturebook, self-expression, Starred Review, Stonewall Award, we need diverse books
Publisher: Candlewick Press
When a young boy sees a group of women dressed as mermaids while on the train with his abuela (grandmother), his imagination takes hold. He loves the mermaids and wants to become one himself. He worries what his grandma will think. Love’s use of bold colors and patterns brings her story to life. The way she depicts motion moves the reader through the story. It is a beautiful celebration of a Brooklyn tradition, the Mermaid Parade, while also encouraging the reader to explore self expression.
-Haley Shaw, Reinberger Graduate Assistant 2018-19