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My Gravepainters Kids Headcanons

🔹 Valdez was terribly shy as a child, to the point that his family were the only ones he would verbally speak to. After meeting Luz, though, he slowly came out of his shell.

🔹 During his parents’ separation, whenever he would visit his mother, he would keep his distance from the Remembered souls, out of fear that he might scare them.

🔹 The first of the Remembered that he bonded with was Carmen. They met during one of his visits. He was nervous that he might’ve scared her at first, but as soon as Carmen told him that his mother had told her so much about him, and that she was happy to finally meet him, he calmed down a bit.

🔹 Whenever he’s feeling shy or nervous, he wraps his wings around himself in an attempt to hide. Luz thinks it’s adorable.

🔻 Much like Sartana, Duclea is a Daddy’s girl, through and through, which made her parents’ separation all the harder on her.

🔻 As much as she wants to visit him, both Xibalba and La Muerte forbid her from going to the Land of the Forgotten, because it is far too dangerous for her.

🔻 Around the time that she was teething, La Noche and El Chamuco came to visit. She wound up biting one of Chamuco’s wings. Xibalba found it hilarious.

🔻 Unlike her mother and sister, she is not that big a fan of wearing dresses or skirts. She prefers shorts or pants.

🔻 When their parents made the San Angel bet, Dulcea, the little hopeful romantic that she was, made a bet with Sartana that this would be the wager that would somehow, someway, get their parents back together. Sartana was thinking more realistically about the whole thing, but this was definitely the one wager she was glad that she lost.

🔻 Shortly after the San Angel incident, it was discovered that Dulcea has empathic abilities. It happened when Mictlan and Micteca were visiting. Upon feeling all of the negative feelings her Abuelo had for her Papi, poor little Dulcea burst into tears. Trying to get the poor girl to calm down was for the first time in a long time that Xibalba and Mictlan ever agreed on anything. And ultimately, it was Micteca that figured out what Dulcea was an empath.


These were just the photos from a nostalgia thread.  There are many more books that were a part of my childhood.  Also, I can’t believe how many notes this has gotten.

Edit: I can’t believe this is still going.  It is my first and only post to ever hit 100,000, which it just did.  Not sure if I want another popular post.  It makes my Activity useless.

Let me tell you about this super adorable kids’ book

I got it for my niece for her birthday and it’s super freaking cute, I love it!

It’s called “Interstellar Cinderella” by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt.

So yeah, it’s a Cinderella story, but it’s also so much more.

Basically Cinderella fixes stuff around her step mom’s house, but really she wants to fix rocket ships!

There’s this spaceship parade that Cinderella’s family is invited to see, but she’s not allowed to go. So her Fairy Godrobot, yes that’s right God-Robot, gives her this super rad space suit and tools to fix up an old spaceship so she can go! Isn’t that fucking sweet? She fixes the spaceship herself!

So anyway, Cindy gets to the parade and meets the Prince, who’s ship is being a piece of shit, so Cindy freaking fixes it for him.

Prince takes her to the ball, and instead of dancing and romance and stuff, they bond over their mutual love of spaceships. THEY BOTH FREAKING LOVE SPACESHIPS, HOW CUTE IS THAT?!

Midnight comes, Cindy has to run off because her space suit is going to loose power, but she leaves behind not a glass slipper but her super rad socket wrench!

Prince tracks down Cindy’s family (of course she’s locked in the attic), but instead of the classic “Wear this article of clothing so I know you’re the girl I’m looking for” test, the Prince gives the stepsisters a real test: use the socket wrench to fix a broken spaceship. How badass is that?!

Anyway, of course Cindy arrives after the step sisters horribly fail, and the Prince is all “You are the coolest person ever marry me!”

But you know what Cindy does? She literally says, and I quote, “I’m far too young for marriage, but I’ll be your chief mechanic!” CHIEF. FUCKING. MECHANIC. Girl has serious game.

So Cindy goes and lives with the Prince and they spend their days fixing space ships together, the end!

I just- I love this book so much! It’s the classic fairy tale all little girls know, but with the message it’s okay to like fixing things and getting dirty, and you don’t need to marry the prince to get what you want.

It’s just super adorable, and if you have a little girl in your life you need to buy a present for I highly, HIGHLY, suggest this book! And my crappy phone pictures do not do justice the the adorable artwork.

Concept illustration for a kid’s book I’ll be doing soon called ‘Billy-Bob - Boy Ballerina"

It’s basically a story geared towards 6 year olds about a tough kid who wears tutus to school and likes to dance. I want to promote an abolition of gender-roles and emphasize the importance of sticking with your hobbies and the things you love just because you love them.

I believe that no child should be punished for expressing themself.


The Colors of Us (1999)

“My name is Lena and I am seven. I am the color of cinnamon. Mom says she could eat me up.”

Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when Lena and her mother take a walk through their neighborhood, Lena sees that there are many different shades and tones of brown. Seen from an artist’s point of view, skin colors are subtle, varied–and cause for celebration!

Karen Katz created this book for her daughter, Lena, whom she and her husband adopted from Guatemala six years ago.

By Karen Katz 

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Little Golden Books

I know that’s not a single title, but who could choose from the treasure trove? Poky Little Puppy, the Little Red Hen. The Friendly Book, Little LuLu and her Magic Tricks, The Three Bears, Dr. Dan the Bandage Man, Nurse Nancy, the eccentric Lucky Mrs. Ticklefeather.  

In the 1950s, when I was a child, children’s literature was not as prolific or available as it is today. These simple stories, some written by now-famous authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, appealed to all children and were often illustrated by quality artists – Eloise Wilkin, Tiber Gergely, Rajankovsky.

The Golden Books were affordable even to a farm family of four children like mine – priced at twenty-five to twenty-nine cents each, available at drug stores, groceries and dime stores. On Fridays, “shopping days” at my childhood home, my mother would return with groceries, notions, AND a Little Golden Book. She read to us every evening, and instilled in all of us a love of stories and books.

Now, as an early childhood teacher, I know (there has been documentation!) that the single most important factor in raising a reader is reading to that child.

My early experiences with the bright, engaging storybooks in this series were the key to opening my heart to books forever, and sharing my love for stories with future generations. Through picture books, I hope to stir my young students’ imaginations, curiosity and creativity and help create lifelong readers.

–Sharon Dempsey has been a full-time teacher at Free To Be Child Care Center since 1986. Sharon has presented at national, state and local early childhood conferences. She is active in the Atlantic Bay Association for the Education of Young Children. Currently she resides in Laureldale with her husband and two daughters.

Way to show that girls really can do anything, Scholastic

My store got two books in today. Both survival guides. Both feature strong images on the front. Promising survival techniques for ‘boys only’ and 'girls only’. Let’s look at the boys, shall we?

How to Survive Anything: Boys Only!

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Featuring articles such as “How to Survive a Shark Attack”, “How to Survive if You’re in a Plane Crash”, “How to Survive a Flash Flood”, and many articles along that line. Some are silly, like surviving a t-rex attack, some are more helpful for a real life emergency, like a freak blizzard white out. Everything is action packed, life or death situations. High energy! Boys do dangerous things! Rawr! Go GO GO!

It’s mostly funny, but hey, some things, like surviving a snake bite might come in handy.

Now lets look at the girls, shall we?

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How to Survive Anything: Girls Only!

Look at that girl on the cover! She is on the go! She is doing action packed stuff! She is rough and tumble! Let’s look at what she needs to learn to survive.

How to Survive a BFF Fight”, “How to Take the Perfect School Photo”, “How to Handle Sudden Stardom”, “How to Turn a No into a Yes” (I guess I should be thankful that’s in the girls’ book, it’s just slightly less rapey if it were in the boys’ book). Of course there is such insight as “How to Survive a Crush” and “How to Survive a Fashion Disaster”.

Yes, just about everything in the girls’ book is about looking pretty, getting dates, looking pretty, looking pretty, and looking pretty.

The ONE and only ONE redeeming factor for the girls’ book was “How to Beat Bullies”. The advice there is pretty standard, but at least it is addressed.

The Lesson Here?

Boys are meant to have adventures, girls are meant to shut up and look pretty. The two shall never, ever meet.

Scholastic should hang their heads in some pretty weighty shame right now.

Why THE GRAVEYARD BOOK is a Great Selection for Kids

It’s written by master storyteller neil-gaiman.

It’s creepy, spooky, (of course it is; it takes place in a graveyard) and yet still heartwarming.

It won a Newbery Medal and a Carnegie Medal—it’s the only novel to win both—which means it’s officially marked as awesome by book experts in the U.S. and the U.K.


It teaches kids that families come in all shapes and sizes.

“But my dear,” Mrs. Owens said to the shape, now all that was left of the three shapes that had appeared in the graveyard. “He’s living. We’re not. Can you imagine…”

The child was looking up at them, puzzled. It reached for one of them, then the other, finding nothing but air. The woman-shape was fading fast.

“Yes,” said Mrs. Owens, in response to something that no one else had heard. “If we can, then we will.” Then she turned to the man beside her. “And you, Owens? Will you be a father to this little lad?” (p.16)

The setting is one of the coolest you’ll ever find in a book—a graveyard in England!—and it’ll transport readers to another place entirely.

The black-and-white illustrations by renowned illustrator Dave McKean add an extra layer that helps to bring the story to life.

It teaches kids the importance of growing up to define the world on one’s own terms.

Sometimes he could no longer see the dead. It had begun a month or two previously, in April or May. At first it had only happened occasionally, but now it seemed to be happening more and more.

The world was changing. (p. 295)

Not only will it expand a child’s vocabulary, it’ll also teach them some fun English slang.

“Hullo. Um, hullo?” said a voice from behind her. “Awful cheek of me, I know…” (p.220)

Scarlett said that she didn’t want a cup of tea, thank you. Or a chocolate biscuit. Mr. Frost was concerned. (p.237)

“They get cold so fast, don’t they, chips. One minute, you’re burning your mouth on them, the next you’re wondering how they cool off so quickly.” (p.241)

It teaches tolerance, patience, and respect for education, and celebrates life in a way that only a story halfway filled with dead characters can.

“I’ve learned a lot in this graveyard.” said Bod. “I can Fade and I can Haunt. I can open a ghoul-gate and I know the constellations. But there’s a world out there, with the sea in it, and shipwrecks and pigs. I mean, it’s filled with things I don’t know. And the teachers here have taught me lots of things, but I need more. If I’m going to survive out there, one day.” (p.180)

It’s an intriguing mystery, to boot!

What do you love about this neil-gaiman classic?