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Jacinta grew up on the dirt roads of Northeastern Pennsylvania where she enjoyed climbing cinder piles and cataloging her ginormous collection of Nancy Drew books. Her knack for D.I.Y. began in the '70s when she and her sister hosted small carnivals in their garage. They built tin can pyramids to knock over for 25 cents a chance and handcrafted carney cigarettes by rolling up notebook paper and lighting the ends.  Jacinta Bunnell's first public works were Elvis drag shows at age six. 

Jacinta studied Philosophy at Bucknell University. This prestigious education helped her to understand that coloring books hold more charm than academic texts. She is now the Vice Chief Executive Operations Officer and Sheriff of the Integrative Institute of Coloring. For more go to facebook.com/pages/Queerbook-Committee/215059018659291.

She believes in iced tea, unicorns, hometowns, lip syncing, and having the same best friend since you are two. Jacinta does not believe in Mother Goose. When not making coloring books for a gender-defiant new world, she enjoys searching for monsters with a big flashlight and staring at baby animals. She remains committed to coloring outside of the lines.

Jacinta has toured the United States and Canada with The Sparkle Kids Action Network, Gadabout Film Fest, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Neko Case, Julie Novak, Dave End, and Michael Truckpile. She sells art at vegetarian cafes and teaches young people how to make beautiful crafts out of stuff you find at the dump. She is most excited about the Women's Arm Wrestling Tournaments she helps to organize.

Jacinta's publications include: Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be . . . Coloring Book (Soft Skull Press) and several independently published zines including: Five Year Sleepover; Seven Year Sleepover; and I Do Not Want You To Leave.

Jacinta lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Discover more of Jacinta Bunnell's work at www.queerbookcommittee.com.

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The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book
Author: Jacinta Bunnell • Illustrated by Leela Corman
Publisher: PM Press/ Reach and Teach
ISBN: 978-1-62963-092-2
Published: 06/01/2015
Format: Paperback
Size: 11x8.5
Page count: 64
Subjects: LGBTQ/Coloring Book
$12.95

Grab your crayons and your backpack for a fantastical journey through The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book, sixty-four pages illustrating twenty-six words that highlight memorable victories and collective moments in LGBTQP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Pansexual) culture.

The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book is Jacinta Bunnell's fourth book in the Queerbook Committee series of coloring books (including Girls Are Not Chicks and Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon) and the first with acclaimed illustrator Leela Corman (Unterzakhn). As you add your own extraordinary colors to these pages, we hope you are left asking, “Isn't everything fabulous in this world just a little bit gay?” This notion is celebrated on every unique page, made up of inked and framed line drawings with beautiful typography, reminiscent of a handsomely designed vintage children's alphabet book.

Each day, we take another step toward a greater understanding of gender fluidity, gender diversity, and sexual orientation. Change does not come easily or unfold overnight. But together we are an unflappable squad of comrades staring down oppression while stopping to make art and find joy along the way.

Praise:

“With beautifully rendered moments of Queer life, The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book offers over fifty pages of inked and framed line drawings and typography for folks of all ages, a tool for education and inspiration.”
—Cristy C. Road, author and illustrator of Spit and Passion

“Two of my favorite people in the world also happen to be among the most talented. I will add it to my new-parent gift pack, alongside Bunnell's other coloring book projects.”
—Anne Elizabeth Moore, The Ladydrawers Comics Collective

“Jacinta and Leela have created a beautiful, fun coloring book which teaches us that everyone is deserving of respect and understanding. I’m only halfway into this thing and I’ve already gone through three tubes of glitter!”
—Jon Wurster, Bob Mould Band

Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon Coloring Book
Author and Illustrator: Jacinta Bunnell and Nathaniel Kusinitz
Publisher: Reach And Teach / PM Press
ISBN: 978-1-60486-329-1
Published: September 2010
Format: Paperback
Size: 11 by 8.5
Page count: 32

Subjects: Family-Children, Activity-Coloring Book

$10.00

We have the power to change fairy tales and nursery rhymes so that these stories are more realistic. In Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon you will find anecdotes of real kids’ lives and true-to-life fairy tale characters. This book pushes us beyond rigid gender expectations while we color fantastic beasts who like pretty jewelry and princesses who build rocket ships.

Celebrate sensitive boys, tough girls, and others who do not fit into a disempowering gender categorization.

Sometimes the Spoon aids the work of dismantling the Princess Industrial Complex by moving us forward with more honest representations of our children and ourselves. Color to your heart's content. Laugh along with the characters. Write your own fairy tales. Share your own truths.

Praise:

"As moving and funny as Walter the Farting Dog, with pictures you can color however your heart desires, Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon is appropriate for children of all ages, especially those who grew up without it." 
— Ayun Halliday, Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky

"For some people the sky's the limit. For Jacinta Bunnell it's a place to put a rainbow.  There are no limits in Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon—just fun and love.  Jacinta invites you to 'Step right up!' to the wonderful world of you!" 
—World Famous *BOB*, Ultimate Self Confidence! Coach

"These coloring books are beautiful and visionary."
--Jennifer Berger, About-Face

"...coloring this would be a very meditative way to remind yourself about self-acceptance and diversity..."
--Zine World

"Get this cool feminist coloring book even if you don't have a kid." 
--Jane Pratt, founding editor, Jane and Sassy magazines on Girls are Not Chicks Coloring Book

"An ingeniously subversive coloring book." 
--Heather Findlay, editor in chief, Girlfriends magazine on Girls are Not Chicks Coloring Book

 

Girls Are Not Chicks Coloring Book
By Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak
ISBN: 978-1-60486-076-4
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 32
Dimensions: 8.5 by 11
Subjects: Children's Activity Book/ Feminism

$10.00


Twenty-seven pages of feminist fun! This is a coloring book you will never outgrow. Girls Are Not Chicks is a subversive and playful way to examine how pervasive gender stereotypes are in every aspect of our lives. This book helps to deconstruct the homogeneity of gender expression in childrenʼs media by showing diverse pictures that reinforce positive gender roles for girls. Color the Rapunzel for a new society. She now has power tools, a roll of duct tape, a Tina Turner album, and a bus pass! Paint outside the lines with Miss Muffet as she tells that spider off and considers a career as an arachnologist!

Girls are not chicks. Girls are thinkers, creators, fighters, healers and superheroes.

The Buzz
"Get this cool feminist coloring book even if you don't have a kid"
—Jane Pratt,
Jane Magazine

"These coloring books are beautiful and visionary."
Jennifer Berger, About-Face, www.about-face.org

"...ingeniously subversive coloring book..."
Heather Findlay, editor in chief, Girlfriends Magazine

"...coloring this would be a very meditative way to remind yourself about self-acceptance and diversity..."
—Zine World
 
"As moving and funny as Walter the Farting Dog, with pictures you can color however your heart desires, Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon is appropriate for children of all ages, especially those who grew up without it." 
Ayun Halliday, Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky & Mother Superior of BUST Magazine

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Rad Coloring Book Busts Gender Stereotypes With Awesome Images
By Talor Pittman
Huffington Post
January 31st, 2017


This coloring book is a creative mix of fun and social commentary.

Girls Are Not Chicks, from Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak, aims to teach kids to think past boys’ toys and girls’ toys and to be bold. From a girl who loves to farm to a princess who rescues herself to little Miss Muffet who refuses to get off her tuffet, the characters in the coloring book celebrate feminism, boldness and the beauty of being yourself.

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7 Grown-Up Coloring Books That Will Keep You Busy This Winter: The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book
Bust Magazine
January 2016


For the out and proud: Artist Jacinta Bunnell collaborated with illustrator Leela Corman on the good-humored, The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book.

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The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book: A Review
By Susie Rodarme
BookRiot
June 25th, 2015

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and I can’t think of a more perfect topic than LGBTQP (their acronym) culture. The book covers 26 terms that highlight LGBT history and culture. While I have to admit that all of the terms didn’t make sense to me (A was for Astrology for example–and none of the LGBT folks I know really take stock in it), the illustrations are darling and turn the focus away from the idea of heteronormality. Plus–coloring!

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Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon: A Review
by Dave Parker
PFLAG Greensboro

Want to let your child know you accept gender diversity? This coloring book can help. Sometimes the Spoon is an 8½ x 11 inch coloring book with 24 panels (12 double-sided pages) showing gender variance in many forms–boys liking dolls, girls liking trucks and tools, boys cross-dressing, both genders with same-sex attraction,monsters that like pretty things,etc.

Short sayings in large type accompany each panel, emphasizing what the pictures are intended to say.

Suitable for all children who like to color, it can also be an introduction to books where parents want to encourage their child to accept gender diversity. Children learn at an early age what is socially acceptable, in toys, clothes, and play. This small coloring book can help them understand that liking something different is OK.

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A progressive coloring book for progressive kids
by Liz Gumbinner
Cool Mom Picks

Pages include illustrations and messages I love, like a man who wins a bake-off, a cowgirl riding a dinosaur, a girl building her own dollhouse, and a "beast" who likes "pretty things" like handbags and sparkly earrings. I especially love the co-ed tea party captioned "Tea, trains, and tiaras for everyone!" And there are quite a few kids depicted in wheelchairs throughout, which is pretty great...

Now if you do want to, there happens to be a great conversation-starter page in the back featuring open-ended Socratic questions about gender. Because after this coloring book, I bet your kids will have quite a few.

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A Review of Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon
by Sarah Corvene
GLBTTALA
May 16, 2011

This coloring book takes aim at gender stereotypes and turns them on their heads. The illustrations are a mix of re-imagined fairy tales (Prince Charming seeks the owner of the glass slipper so he can find out where to get them in his size) and images from the experiences of real children (Zuri likes trucks, especially when the dolls are driving). All of the illustrations challenge gender roles and expectations in a non-confrontational, but thought provoking way. The last page has a list of questions designed to spark conversations about gender roles, gender expression, and society’s gender norms. The illustrations are charming and invite the reader to grab a crayon and get started.

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Outside the Lines: A Review of Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon
By Roger Sutton
Out of the Box

Lefty press Reach & Teach has published Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon, a coloring book by Jacinta Bunnell and Nathaniel Kusinitz. The "tea, trains and tiaras for everyone!" message throughout is winningly lighthearted, even if such jokes as "Marriage is so gay" (illustrated with a wedding cake topped by two brides) are overcomplicated for the little kids the coloring book is ostensibly aimed at. Recalling similarly aimed titles published in the 1970s by alternative presses like Lollipop Power, Sometimes the Spoon goes further than A Train for Jane or even Heather Has Two Mommies in its playful questioning of gender roles: while princesses building rocket ships has been more normalized than this book seems to think, Grumpy in Snow White's heels does provide an edge. I'm not sure the pictures, droll but too fine-lined for crayons, beg to be colored, but I suspect that's not completely the point anyway.

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Red Crayon, Blue Crayon
By Austin Considine
New York Times
June 15, 2012

Recent years have seen a resurgence. PM Press, based in Oakland, Calif., has published coloring books like the feminist-themed “Girls Are Not Chicks,” and “Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon,” which challenges gender norms. Ramsey Kanaan, the publisher, said the books teach young readers “diversity or tolerance or creative thinking.”

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Subversive Coloring Book a Holiday Treat
By Billie Wharton
www.socialistwebzine.com

And there is plenty of traffic across traditional gender roles here. A mighty monster who prefers petite dresses and a fancy dog to scaring people. A wedding cake with the inscription “Marriage is so gay” below it. And a smiling boy dressed as Wonder Woman above the line “Not every little boy wants to be Superman when he grows up.”

Each page contains these smartly drawn punk rock cartoons that challenge traditional gender politics in an obvious, but not overbearing manner. You get the feeling that this book is more about the fun of childhood than any grownup agenda. Yet, it will produce many teachable moments.
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Interview with Jacinta Bunnell
By Melanie Maddison
Colouring Outside The Lines
March 2005

Jacinta Bunnell
Location: Rosendale, NY

How would you describe your art?: Not high-falutin'

3 Likes: Sparkly markers, discovering really sweet and magical things for the first time, and laughing so hard that I cry.

3 Dislikes: Anything that makes someone feel bad about themselves, racism, and the fact that there is even one person who is homeless in this country of such wealth.

Daily Inspirations: The young people I know who ask me very earnestly to seatbelt their stuffed animals into the car, music that makes my heart burst open, my amazing friends who will listen to me say just about absolutely anything, and my partner who very cutely and creatively makes music on a guitar or drums nearly every day.

People you admire: My nieces (Keetin and Zia), young queer kids who survive high school, people who make thesauruses, Joan Armatrading, and David Sedaris.

Superpower you would most like to possess: Whatever it takes to get one of those really awesome costumes with gadgets that hook on buildings, flame-powered boots, and a really nice belt.
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Girls Are Not Chicks
Teaching Tolerance Magazine
Spring 2010

"I aint moving from this tuffet," declares Ms. Muffet on one of the pages of Girls Are Not Chicks Coloring Book, by Jacinta Bunnell and Julie Novak. The book includes 27 coloring pages that promote active, powerful, images of girlhood. Some of the pages include vocabulary that isn't at an early-grades level, but you can explain what "assertiveness" and "patriarchy" mean while coloring with your students. (Grades Pre-K - 5).

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Feminist books for five-year-olds
By Viv Groskop
The Guardian
December 4, 2010 

"Bring on Jacinta Bunnell's colouring book Girls Are Not Chicks, published in the UK this week. The New York-based author first had the idea for feminist books for children when reading bedtime stories as a nanny. "I found myself editing the words so as not to pass on a sexist message," she says. "In most children's books the girls have pretty frocks and bows in their hair, so I would turn it around—call the boys by girls' names and vice versa."

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