King of the birds – Arlo and Pips

Meet Arlo and Pips!

From Kirkus Reviews:

Two birds become fine feathered friends in this early graphic novel.

Arlo is a cocky crow confident that there is “no greater bird than… / ME. THE CROW, king of the feathered world.” Pips is a small yellow bird who pokes questioning holes in Arlo’s bravado. Arlo doesn’t mind Pips’ frank queries, seeing them as an opportunity to show off his skills, and throughout the book the two maintain an amicable relationship. There is a thin plotline in which Pips shows Arlo around the city where Pips lives, and the two take a trip to the beach, but the real driving energy is the relationship between the two and the opportunities for gentle humor their interactions provide. Through Pips’ inquisitiveness and Arlo’s desire to prove himself, readers also learn much about the intelligence, diet, and behavior of crows. Relevant fun facts about crows are interwoven throughout the book, often in casual and easily accessible footnotes that provide informational context to Arlo’s self-aggrandizing claims. Deceptively simple, this graphic novel’s straightforward sentences, limited color scheme, and thick black outlines make this a perfect match for newly independent readers. Both fans of Gravel’s previous work and newcomers alike will be delighted.

A charming treasure. (Graphic fiction. 6-10) Get it HERE!

Not like other girls

I feel sad every time I hear a girl proudly affirm that she’s “not like other girls”, as if all girls were the same, and somewhat lame. I’m PROUD to be “like other women”. Other women are awesome, and every single one of them is unique, just like me.

What friendship should feel like

Here’s a free printable comic I made to help kids understand how good and bad friendships should feel like. It’s not always easy to distinguish between a relationship that’s supportive and one that’s toxic or abusive. Teachers and parents, you can download it here and print it for school or home use (no commercial uses allowed).

For more free printable posters, visit my boutique in the “free printable stuff” section. To see my books, click here. If you want to license this image, contact my agent (Contact form above).

 

It’s OK to not understand everything!

Here’s a free printable poster I made to teach kids that it’s normal to not understand everything and that asking questions is a good way to learn. Teachers and parents, you can download it here and print it for school or home use (no commercial uses allowed).

For more free printable posters, visit my boutique in the “free printable stuff” section. To see my books, click here. If you want to license this image, contact my agent (Contact form above).

Olga explains how to wear a mask

Here’s a free printable poster I made to show kids how to wear a mask. Teachers and parents, you can download it here and print it for school or home use (no commercial uses allowed).

For more free printable posters, visit my boutique in the “free printable stuff” section. To see my books, click here. If you want to license this image, contact my agent (Contact form above).

 

Coronavirus: free printable comic for kids

Here’s a comic I made to teach kids about the COVID-19 situation. You can download and print it here for educational purposes. No commercial uses will be allowed.

 

 

Your hair is beautiful! – Free printable

Here’s a free printable for teachers and parents who wish to help kids feel better about their own hair. You can download and print it here. No commercial uses allowed.

For more free printable posters, visit my boutique in the “free printable stuff” section. To see my books, click here. If you want to license this image, contact my agent (Contact form above).

 

New free printable: some branches of science

Here’s a free printable poster I made to show kids different branches of science and what they study. Teachers and parents, you can download it here and print it for school or home use (no commercial uses allowed).

For more free printable posters, visit my boutique in the “free printable stuff” section. To see my books, click here. If you want to license this image, contact my agent (Contact form above).

All feelings are for everyone – free printable

Here’s a free printable poster I made to explain to kids that feelings are not gendered. Teachers and parents, you can download it here and print it for school or home use (no commercial uses allowed).

For more free printable posters, visit my boutique in the “free printable stuff” section. To see my books, click here. If you want to license this image, contact my agent (Contact form above).

“What is a refugee?” in the New York Times!

The New York Times liked my book “What is a refugee?”

Kids Have Questions. These Picture Books Have Answers.

What is a refugee?
By Elise Gravel

Any child exposed to the news these days may wonder about refugees, and a picture book is a great way to learn about them. Gravel’s bubbly, cartoon-style art and plain-spoken explanations help soften the truth’s harsh edges — starting with the fact that they “had to flee their country because they were in danger.” The whole package makes it easy to empathize, conveying gently that “a refugee is a person, just like you and me.”