Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Julian will become a beloved book in anyone's book collection. I can't talk about this book, nor read it in the store without getting teary eyed.
"Every Saturday morning, Julian and his abuela go swimming. But the day Julian spies three women on the subway, everything changes. He is entranced by their beautiful hair, their swishy, shimmering mermaid gowns, and their total confidence. When Julian gets home, all he can think of is becoming a mermaid himself."
This book celebrates family in all it's forms, reminds us that we can play dress up to be whatever we want to be, - and ends with Julian arriving at the Mermaid Parade - and actual event that takes place in Coney Island, NYC each year - known as the "largest art parade in the world" celebrating the arrival of summer.