The Squad: free downloadable poster

I drew The Squad (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar) out of sheer admiration and posted my drawing on FB. Instantly, a dad asked me to offer it as a free downloadable poster for their kids who are also fans of these admirable, brave women. So here it is! You can download and print it HERE. No commercial use allowed, unless you ask for permission from my agent: info@painted-words.com).

To see my other free posters, click here.

Racism explained to kids

Here’s a free printable I made to teach kids about racism.

Parents, teachers, educators, librarians, and basically everyone who works with children: You can download and print this for educational uses. No commercial use allowed. Download the high-res image here. To see my other free printable posters, click here and visit my “Free Printable Stuff” section. To see my books for kids, click here. To be notified when I post a new poster, follow me on Twitter,  Facebook , or Instagram.

There is room for you in this country

There is room for me in this country even if you’re not exactly like me. You can print this for educational use. No commercial uses of any kind allowed.

Download the high resolution image HERE. To see my other free printable, click here. To see my books for kids, click here. I also make funny, non-political stuff 🙂

 

Olga 3: out of control!

I just got my advanced copies this morning! Olga 3: Out of nowhere will be in bookstores on September 24th.

You can preorder it wherever you like to preorder your books!

 

What can you do against bullying?

Here’s a free printable for teachers and parents. I drew this to teach kids how to help when they witness acts of bullying or exclusion.

Parents, teachers, educators, you can download and print this for your classroom or your home. No commercial use allowed. To download, click here. To see my other free printable posters, click here and visit my “Free Printable Stuff” section. To see my books for kids, click here. To be notified when I post a new poster, follow me on Twitter,  Facebook , or Instagram.

 

It’s OK to make mistakes!

Here’s a free printable for teachers and parents. I drew this because I have a hard time forgiving myself when I make mistakes and I’d like children to be easier on themselves.

Parents, teachers, educators, you can download and print this for your classroom or your home. No commercial use allowed. To see my other free printable posters, click here and visit my “Free Printable Stuff” section. To see my books for kids, click here. To be notified when I post a new poster, follow me on Twitter,  Facebook , or Instagram.

The Worst Book Ever is in bookstores today!

This terrible book is available in bookstores today! Don’t buy it. It’s a total waste of money.

The Quill and Quire’s review:

Elise Gravel’s wildly creative new picture book purports to have no imagination at all. Called The Worst Book Ever, it’s a fairy-tale story of a prince and princess who lead exceptionally boring lives until one day a monster arrives and the prince must save the princess. 

A plot like this is shockingly retrograde. That’s why there are three bonus characters – a spider, a blob, and a star-like creature – who live outside of the story and are reading and commenting on it as it progresses. Like Statler and Waldorf or the robot characters from Mystery Science Theater 3000, they provide biting humour and judgment, calling out the off-putting title, the fact that “Prinse” and “Prinsess” are continually spelled wrong, and how “ugly” the illustrations are. It’s an early lesson in meta-narratives for young readers – and it’s a riot for the whole family.

The book is the perfect balance of fun and big themes hidden under more fun. Gravel is loyal to her fan base, cramming in plenty of bodily function humour, while the voice-of-reason characters remind kids that a book should be more than just boogers and farts. These astute critics also point out the story’s sexism, lack of diversity, gratuitous violence, and use of clichés – making this a surprisingly effective classroom tool for what to include in a book report.

The illustrations are purposefully simplistic and ill-proportioned – but still jokey and weird enough to amuse. And there are visual gags for older readers, including a cover sticker that proudly states “Winner of Zero Book Awards.”

There are very few children’s books that are both laugh-out-loud funny and completely on-point and undidactic in their teachable moments. Gravel has nailed this – and made it look easy.

All books are for everyone

Have you ever heard kids (and even grownups!) denigrate other people’s book choices? “This book is for babies!”, “This book is for girls!” or “You should be reading real books by now!” Here’s a poster I made to show kids that they can read whatever they like; reading choices are personal and shouldn’t be judged.

Parents, teachers, librarians and educators, you can print this poster for your home, school, library or office. No commercial use allowed. To download, click here. To see my other free posters, click here. To see my books that are truly for EVERYONE (and often very silly), click here.

 

Two new prints!

I have two new prints for sale at Sur ton mur!
because yes, I also need to sell some of my art sometimes if I want to keep making free stuff 🙂
Buy them here.

How to feel better

I’ve always been an anxious person and I tend to be a bit mean when I talk to myself. With this poster, I wanted to share one of the ways I developed to be kinder to myself and become my own best friend.

Parents, teachers, educators and librarians, you can download and print this illustration here. No commercial use allowed. If you want to license it, contact my agent (contact form at the top of this page).