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Children's book 'Julián is a Mermaid' wins illustrator award

Jessica Love’s children’s book Julián is a Mermaid has won the prestigious Klaus Fugge prize. The award goes to an author who is proclaimed to be the most exciting and promising new illustrator.

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The book tells the story of Julián, a young by who sees three women with long flowing hair, he imagines they are mermaids and then wishes that he too could be a mermaid. The tale allows children to challenge gender stereotypes and embrace diversity.

“Julián Is a Mermaid reminds us that picture books can make us understand the world differently and better; that they are for everyone. It is a groundbreaking book,” said Julia Eccleshare, chair of the judges.

Speaking to The Guardian author Jessica Love shared she was thrilled to win the prize, which comes with a cash reward of 5000 Euros.

Love revealed that she is currently working on a sequel to her best selling book which will see Julián and his Nana head out on another adventure.

OIP Staff


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