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									Todd ParrTodd Parr
Even if you have never seen one of his books, you may already be familiar with Todd Parr's work from seeing bedding or toys emblazoned with his bold, colorful art. With his positive, slyly humorous picture books, Parr encourages toddlers and preschools to embrace their individuality and communicate what they feel. It's nearly impossible to look at his pages and not smile, no matter what age you are.

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Todd Parr
Current Home:
Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1962
Place of Birth:
Rock Springs, Wyoming
High school diploma
National Parenting Publications Award for It's Okay to Be Different

*  Todd Parr's official web site

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								It's Okay to Be Different, Author: 
								Todd Parr.

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It's Okay to Be Different
by Todd Parr
It's Okay to Be Different is probably the best example of Parr's message and witty illustrations (for example, a dog in a kangaroo pouch for "It's okay to be adopted."). "Offbeat, punchy, funny, quirky. These are some of the words that come to mind about this book," wrote a reviewer for Children's Literature.
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								My Really Cool Baby Book, Author: 
								Todd Parr.
*  It's Okay to Be Different (2001)
*  The Daddy Book (2002)
*  The Mommy Book (2002)
*  Funny Faces (2002)
*  The Feel Good Book (2002)
*  Otto Goes to the Beach (2003)
*  Otto Goes to Bed (2003)
*  This Is My Hair (2003)
*  The Family Book (2003)
*  Otto Has a Birthday Party (2004)
*  Otto Goes to Camp (2004)
*  The Peace Book (2004)
*  We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families (2007)

*  See the Todd Parr chronology

Artistic Influences

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								Green Eggs and Ham, Author: 
								Dr. Seuss.

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Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss
Parr's basic lines and use of color have led to comparisons with Keith Haring, an artist that Parr acknowledges as an influence. "I'm a real big fan of Keith Haring, obviously," Parr told fans in a 2000 online chat. "My work, earlier, was compared to his, which was flattering, because I related to his work. That's a style that I wanted to do, but it was not acceptable because he crossed the line. It wasn't acceptable to me to do, but Keith Haring opened up a whole new world in the art with a simple style of bold images." Parr has also praised the work of Dr. Seuss, Curious George authors H. A. and Margret Rey, Maya Angelou and Vivian Walsh (Olive, the Other Reindeer).

*  The Complete Adventures of Curious George   by H. A. Rey, Margret Rey
*  Olive, The Other Reindeer   by Vivian Walsh, J.Otto Seibold
*  Big   by Keith Haring

*  Meet Maya Angelou

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Parr's Reading Recommendations

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								We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families, Author: 
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We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families
by Todd Parr
In a kid-friendly, accessible way, this book explores the ways that people can choose to come together to make a family. It's about sharing your home and sharing your heart to make a family that belongs together.

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								The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou, Author: 
								Maya Angelou.

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The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou
by Maya Angelou
We asked Parr to tell us about some of his favorite books. He put Maya Angelou's poetry on his list, reflecting, "Something about reading poems in the sun with the smell of the water...." Read on to learn more about Parr's reading picks, including:

*How to Live with a Neurotic Dog  by Stephen Baker
*Barefoot Contessa Family Style  by Ina Garten
*Pumpkinhead  by Eric Rohmann
*Me Talk Pretty One Day  by David Sedaris, Terry Adams (Editor)
*See all of Parr's favorites
Additional information from About the Author, © Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner and Cader Company Inc. 2002