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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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
|Green Eggs and Ham|
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
H. A. Rey, Margret Rey
Olive, The Other Reindeer
Vivian Walsh, J.Otto Seibold
Meet Maya Angelou
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|We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families|
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.
|The Complete Collected Poems of 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:
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