picture books for children of color

In the 1950s and ‘60s, if there were any children’s books in a house, at least one of them was likely to be a Little Golden Book. With their golden spines and brightly colored pictures, they begged to be grabbed off a shelf by a curious child — which is exactly what their creators intended. Those beloved books celebrate their 75th birthday this year.

'The Poky Little Puppy’ And His Fellow Little Golden Books Are Turning 75

Image: Courtesy of Penguin Random House

anonymous asked:

What would you say to an incest survivor to justify your lifestyle as not being scum of the earth to imitate something most of us feel is glorified pedophilia?

*I am answering this to address harmful opinions, but I might remove this answer after a while because this blog is first and foremost a safe place for dd/lg* 

First of all, DD/lg does not glorify the crime of incest. DD/lg is for consenting adults to engage in a dominant/submissive relationship. At no point in the relationship does any party lose sight of the fact that there is absolutely no biological relation between the parties. We are not lusting after any biological relatives. So you may ask, but why use a name that, by definition, implies paternity? Are there really that many women out there that have some sort of incestual fetish? Not at all. Far from it. The term Daddy, in one word, embodies almost all of the qualities of a good Dominant. It indicates the need to nurture and care for his submissive, and the strength he displays when things get tough. It shows the respect and reverence the submissive has for her Dominant. In other words, the terms “Daddy” or “Mommy” for the Dominant in the relationship are not at all about incestual desires, they are terms of respect that encapsulate all of the best qualities of a dominant and stress the aspects of care and guidance that are so important to DD/lg. 

Second, DD/lg does not glorify pedophilia nor is it comparable to pedophilia. Once again, DD/lg is for consenting adults to engage in a dominant/submissive relationship. In DD/lg, we never lose sight of the fact that all parties are adults. DD/lg is not somebody pretending to be a child, it is about the submissive embracing an inner innocence and handing over care and responsibilities to their dominant partner. Moreover, the things that many Littles enjoy are not necessarily related to anything childlike. So DD/lg often talks about stuffed animals, coloring, and Disney. Guess what, any instagram search will show you women of all ages posting pictures about the stuffed animals their husbands gave them for a special occasion. Coloring books are now used by many adults, whether its the cartoon kind, or the intricate designs meant to help with stress. Disney is common among adults, as shown by the large amount of childless couples that go to Disney Land every year. The point is, DD/lg is not about anyone pretending to be children. It is about us (Littles) embracing fun, innocent activities and interests that help us let go of responsibilities and stress. Many of us don’t even LIKE kids in everyday life, much less want to involve the idea of kids in any relationship. By contrast, pedophilia is a crime that involves children victims, and is marked by the fact that they CANNOT and do not consent, and is abusive. 

Finally, we do not have to “justify” our personal relationship choices to you or anyone. Adults choosing to engage in a consensual relationship are not hurting anybody. We are free to choose our relationships and we are free to express our interests, and we are not doing anything Objectively wrong. 

leatherjacketmixtapes  asked:

I bet Ron Weasley would be the greatest dad ever tbh and Hermione would fall in love all over again over that

oh man domestic Ron is my life

Ron, who was the reasonable, level-headed one during both pregnancies whenever Hermione would start to get anxious and doubt herself

Ron, who would have happily spent every night watching Rose and Hugo sleep. He couldn’t believe he and Hermione made little people who were so tiny and so perfect and he was blown away by how fiercely he already loved them.

Ron, who’s always more than happy to let the kids crawl in bed with him and Hermione, no matter how big they get. Doesn’t matter if they had a bad dream or just needed some company; the kids are always welcome in their room. 

Ron, who spends his days at home with their babies while Hermione’s at the Ministry, reading them stacks and stacks of books - books Hermione picked out, books from the Granger grandparents, picture books that Arthur picked out with absolute delight in a Muggle store. 

Ron, who’s beyond proud when his children become precocious bookworms who insist on figuring out the words themselves.

Ron, who eventually begins taking the children along with him when he goes to help George running Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. They’re surrounded all day by fun and color and get to meet all kinds of other children, with their father and uncle always safely within reach.

Ron, who loves the shit out of his kids and would do anything to see them safe and happy.


Originally posted by kookmint

AN: Here’s a little something for the spooky season! This is the first of some drabbles I’ve got lined up <3 I hope you guys like it ~!
-  ivory 🌸

Summary: There’s a reason they’re bad luck.

Warnings: slight horror, death, kidnapping

Word Count: 1.9k

Keep reading


Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day , first published in March 1962, follows a little boy exulting in a big snowfall in New York City. In the words of Jhenelle Robinson, a YA librarian at the New York Public Library’s Morrisiana branch, the beautifully illustrated picture book “captures the wonder and excitement of a fresh snowstorm through the eyes of young Peter.”

Peter (as NPR notes) “was among the first non-caricatured African-Americans to be featured in a major children’s book,” and his story captures a universal moment of joy in his everyday life.  Keats went on to win the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1963.

In the tradition of Keats’ classic, we asked our NYPL experts to recommend children’s books that feature kids and families of color. Here are their favorites.

SJM Book Event @ Schuler Books

  • It was my first time to one and I was a little late so I had to rush to get my signed copy of Tower of Dawn and stamp my EOS and ACOMAF,
  • But it was really cool. Sarah was funny, making lewd jokes and cursing. She highly recommended the movie IT “if you have a phobia of clowns or are not a fan of traumatic things happening to children, then don’t watch it. But I loved it.” It was grand!
  • She told us her grandmother’s touching story and that Yrene was sorta based off of her, just a little.
  • A power she would love to have was shape shifting so she could “turn in a velociraptor and scare little children”
  • She didn’t know she wanted Lysandra to be a shape shifter until she heard the song “Smack My Bitch Up” by The Prodigy. There was a part in the middle of it where she pictured Lysandra running at a man, shifting and tackling him to the ground and ripping out his throat in slo-mo!
  • She said maybe “never say never” to having a coloring book made of just the smutty scenes, an xxx adult coloring book. She said she wasn’t sure Charlie Bowater would draw them for her this time if that was the case. And two older ladies were whopping and hollering beside me. I hope to be them one day. Lmfao!
  • She told us that she wrote the first 20,000 words of TOD while on healing steroids. Novellas are usually 30,000 words long. And she was only on chapter three and that she was just getting started!
  • She does not have something against wedding scenes. Jane Austen never write a wedding scene and she said “okay, I will too.” She did write a wedding scene between Rhys and Feyre [insert awwww] but it was just to sweet and cheesy that she decided against. She might however put it in an extra in one of the upcoming novels “we’ll see how nice I’m feeling.”

I loved it all and will definitely go to more events like this in the future!!

anonymous asked:

Hey, as an American I always wonder what people outside of my country think about the little "American things" popping up in TV shows like SPN. As a German/European, do you get sometimes confused/amused/whatever when watching certain scenes that are just "so American"?


Sure, I got used to a lot of stuff over time, but it’s more often than not very freaking obvious that your culture is different than mine *lol*

When I got your ask I started to make a list in my head and I got a bit carried away ^^’

  • Doorknobs (as a child I was really mystified how you can open doors *lmao*)
  • Your windows (why are they sliding upwards?? why the hell can’t you really open them??)
  • Your roller blinds being inside instead of outside
  • Your walls and windowpanes apparently being so thin you can actually smash a hole in them without that much effort (though that’s probably a Hollywood thing, right? I can’t imagine a simple punch would be capable of damaging a wall O.o)
  • Those creepy death machines you’ve got in your kitchen - garbage disposal or whatever the name ;D
  • Some of your food ‘creations’ (muffins with bacon [is that seriously true??] or that whole peanutbutter/jelly combo, for example *ugh*)
  • and people sometimes using water for their hot chocolate
  • Your alcohol bottles being wrapped up in those paper bags (why??)
  • Your drinking age is a quite weird thing for me too (Remember that scene in 12x16 “Ladies Drink Free” where Dean grabs the beer bottle Claire is about to take? I read a lot of comments here on tumblr, saying stuff like “Aaawww, he’s such a dad, how cute <33”, … and yeah, that was kinda odd for me, I’ve gotta confess! Here in Germany I highly doubt that I would ever see a father taking away his adult daughter’s drink O.o I mean, okay, granted, not exactly surprising since we’re allowed to drink beer with 16 (even 14 with the permission of our parents), but still, it’s a bit weird to watch a grown-up woman not being allowed to drink some beer ;p)
  • Your whole high school/college/university system is sometimes a mystery to me as well (are you seriously that obsessed with sports??)
  • The way you handle nudity (here in Germany you can see naked people on newspapers right next to children coloring books or the noon television program all the time and no one gives a damn about that ^^’)
  • Some people over in the US obviously being convinced that every German owns several pieces of Lederhosen and Dirndls ;D

And there are probably at least a thousand other things I didn’t mention (and some a lot more serious, like gun control or your justice system) or did outright forget, but I think you get the picture ^^’

Mother’s Day

Haha guess who wrote a second chapter to December Visit (it’s not chronological dw) Gotta love the Weathers family, man.

You can read it here,on Fanfiction.net, or on Ao3!

“Blue was a big deal in the Weathers family. His uncle’s race car was blue, as was the station wagon and most of the clothes everyone wore. Auntie Lynda joked that Uncle Strip thought he looked unphotogenic in any other color, to which his uncle vehemently denied and said that it was to support his racing sponsor. Either way, Cal didn’t have the heart to tell them both that his favorite color was red.“

Keep reading

I finished another picture from @pjocoloringbookproject!!! This is the first time I’ve every colored something digitally, so I hope it looks good! I’m having so much fun with this. This coloring book was an amazing idea. Thanks sooooo much to @dhdart for creating this amazing lineart! It’s incredible how good you can draw!

Ascendance of a Bookworm - 001


My name is Urano Motosu, and I am twenty-two years old. I love books. I really love books. I love books more than I love getting enough food.

I love how the printed words let me reach out and touch another person’s ideas, their fantasies. My heart dances along the roads of thought laid down by the author, and I can’t help but smile. Absorbing the vast knowledge contained within just a single volume always leaves me feeling like I’ve grown as a person. The whole wide world, which I have never seen with my own eyes, is at my fingertips, stacked neatly within the shelves of bookstores and libraries; isn’t it intoxicating? The fairy tales of foreign lands, the glimpses of life in distant times and places, the reaches of every branch of history… when I absorb myself in a book, time evaporates around me.

Keep reading

Okay but how about a Voltron Disney World Vacation Au?

  • Suburban parents of 4,  Shiro and Allura wearing white tennis shoes and fannypacks 
  • Keith, Hunk and Lance are 6, Pidge is 4
  • Shiro and Allura severely underestimated the energy they would need to take 4 small children to a theme park for 4 days, someone help them please 
  • Coran is there, but is so consumed with taking pictures and making memories that he isn’t much help in wrangling the small children
  • Coran also plans on scrap-booking the whole trip AND making a slideshow to show everyone back home
  • Lance has to be kept on a child leash because he’s very excited and Shiro is not having a repeat of him sneaking into one of the stores for candy
  • Matching Disney family vacation t-shirts (with the corresponding colors of their lions)
  • The kiddo’s favorite sections of Magic Kingdom: Pidge loves Tomorrowland, Hunk loves Fantasyland, Lance loves Adventureland, and Keith loves Frontierland
  • Lance challenging Keith to a race at the Tomorrowland Speedway, and because they have to be with adults Shiro is with Keith and Allura is with Lance, both parents are kinda cramped in those tiny cars
  • Pidge is beside herself/themself when the family goes to Mulan’s meet and greet for a photo
  • Space Mountain ends up being everyone’s favorite ride
  • Including Hunk’s, even though he barfed up his Dole Whip from lunch afterwards
  • Driving to Orlando was also not the best decision on their part, and Allura concedes that Shiro was right and they should’ve flown instead, but now it is too late and they have to entertain the kids on the drive back home 

This is all I’ve got so far, but feel free to add on!!!


Images via http://www.simonstalenhag.se/

Illustrator Simon Stålenhag’s new Tales from the Loop pretty much blew our reviewer Jason Sheehan’s entire MIND: 

See one of Stålenhag’s pieces once and it will stick to you like tar. Follow you home. Color your dreams. The reality he imagines is infectious. It’ll eat yours whole, and his robots and dinosaurs and savage, blonde children will become yours, too.

Check out the full review here – and if you want to go down the wormhole of awesome, I highly recommend going over to Stålenhag’s site to see more of his creepy, atmospheric, shiveringly precise paintings.

– Petra (who is now looking around for her old copy of The Mysteries of Harris Burdick)

AU Idea: Dollhouse

Inspired/Taken From the TV Show Dollhouse

In a setting where people can have their entire minds erased and replaced with new identities, they are being used for profit. The “Dollhouses” keep Dolls on hand for appointment, and offer to customize their personality to whatever the client wants for their “engagement”. These engagements can last from a day to a week, depending on how much is willing to be paid.

When in the Dollhouse, these Dolls are inactive, wiped to a blank slate, with the innocence of children and no notion of what they were just doing-or who they were before entering the Doll House. However, certain elements of their personality may remain.

“Have you ever trying cleaning an actual slate? You can always see what was there before.”

For the most part, when not active, these Dolls do exercises-swimming, yoga-color, look at picture books, or other things of these nature. The facility always makes sure they are actively engaged, keeps them fit and well fed. After all, they need to be capable of a range of possibilities.

Engagements may be romantic excursions, public function appearances, fantasy fulfillment, or much more serious. Someone may need an expert negotiator, or someone may just want the perfect midwife-the possibilities are endless.

The personalities dolls are programmed with for each engagement-imprints-are woven together by a programmer in each Dollhouse. These personalities are not made from scratch-they’re built from memories, experiences, and personalities of pre-existing people.

Each Doll has a Handler-one person entrusted with their safety, and they are imprinted in order to trust them completely.

At the end of each engagement, they’re brought back to the Dollhouse, where they’re wiped clean once again. However, the process isn’t perfect.

Possible Scenarios:

  • Muse A used to know Muse B. Suddenly, Muse B encounters Muse A and is shocked they don’t remember them-in fact, they seem to be a whole new person.
  • Muse A is Muse B’s handler, and grows rather attached. Perhaps too attached. They begin to fuss more, either friendly, parental, or romantic.
  • Muse A and Muse B are both dolls, who begin to seem to interact more, despite the fact that such impressions shouldn’t be possible. Friendship, romance-things that should be impossible.
  • Muse A is a repeat client who has Muse B over for multiple encounters. It would seem they’re beginning to have more of an impression on Muse B then at first realized, as Muse B begins to paint memories-not always clear, but memories all the same. Muse A is told they need to pick a new Doll, and Muse B begins to long for that someone just beyond memory.
  • Muse A is a doll. Muse B is the digital designer of the Doll’s Engagement Personalities. Bored one night, Muse B makes decides to make the guy/girl of their dreams. Its meant to be a gag, but they accidentally upload it onto a doll-Muse A. Suddenly they get protective of Muse A, monitoring their missions more.
  • Any other combo you might think of!