Characters of Color on the Covers of 2013 Young Adult Novels
- The Girl of His Dreams by Amir Abrams (KTeen Dafina)
- Rumor Central by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Kensington Teen)
- Rumor Central: You Don’t Know Me Like That #2 by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (KTeen Dafina)
- Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe (Delacorte)
- A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury (Atheneum)
- Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow (Arthur A. Levine Books)
- Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster (Dragonfairy Press)
- Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books)
- Get Over It by Nikki Carter (KTeen Dafina)
- The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross (Harlequin Teen)
- How To Be a Star by M. Doty (Poppy)
- Spirit’s Chosen by Esther Friesner (Random House)
- Since You Asked… by Maurene Goo (Scholastic)
- Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Simon & Schuster)
- Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez (Drawn and Quarterly)
- Romeo and Juliet adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds, based on the play by William Shakespeare (Candlewick)
- The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine)
- Tune: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine (First Second)
- Star Power by Kelli London (KTeen Dafina)
- Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald (Candlewick)
- Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski (Tu Books)
- Invasion by Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)
- Awakening by Karen Sandler (Tu Books)
- Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
- True Story by Ni-Ni Simone (K-Teen Dafina)
- Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan (Putnam)
- Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.
If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:
“You look so healthy!” is a great one.
Or how about, “you’re looking so strong.”
“I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.”
Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.
Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.
Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.
Don’t you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don’t go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don’t say “I’m not eating carbs right now.” Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.
Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that’s a good thing sometimes.
Help your daughter love soccer or rowing or hockey because sports make her a better leader and a more confident woman. Explain that no matter how old you get, you’ll never stop needing good teamwork. Never make her play a sport she isn’t absolutely in love with.
Prove to your daughter that women don’t need men to move their furniture.
Teach your daughter how to cook kale.
Teach your daughter how to bake chocolate cake made with six sticks of butter.
Pass on your own mom’s recipe for Christmas morning coffee cake. Pass on your love of being outside.
Maybe you and your daughter both have thick thighs or wide ribcages. It’s easy to hate these non-size zero body parts. Don’t. Tell your daughter that with her legs she can run a marathon if she wants to, and her ribcage is nothing but a carrying case for strong lungs. She can scream and she can sing and she can lift up the world, if she wants.
Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilize her beautiful soul.
Art Nouveau Doors
(Photos uncredited as I collected them on my hard-drive a long time ago!)
talking about Rosie The Riveter, fun fact: while the We Can Do It picture has become the most-well known depiction of her in modern times, it wasn’t really a famous image when it was made—in fact, it wasn’t even intended to be her
the most famous depiction of Rosie The Riveter during WWII was probably Norman Rockwell’s painting
note what she’s resting her foot on
the horrifying side effects of consuming too much Top Ramen noodles
thats some creepy pasta
did you just..
hes gonna make a great seeing eye dog