Every one of us can help protect the earth and make it feel good. Remember: if we take care of it, it will take care of us.
That is the end message from my book, “The Earth Book.” I try to write and illustrate things that are sometimes hard to understand for young kids. Like peace, love, making mistakes, saying goodbye, and being different. I also write a lot about feelings—especially kindness. But kids are instinctively kind, so I see it as a fun reminder or a refresher as needed, not just for them but for adults as well.
I did not set out in life to write books. I just wanted to sit and draw Snoopy all day and eventually own my own “Taco Time Diner,” where I started working when I was eleven. I’ll save that story and how watching Bambi changed my life forever.
Later, I started working for an airline and traveling worldwide, which led me back to my days of drawing Snoopy. It’s funny how traveling worldwide, meeting new people, learning new things, and trying different food can help you find the self-confidence you never had as a kid and rediscover your passion for art.
Snoopy just didn’t teach me how to draw but was there for me when I had to repeat second grade because I couldn’t read. Snoopy is also, in part, responsible for leading me into this very cool world of writing and illustrating kids’ books. People always say what a fun job I have. I agree, but not just because I get to write and draw all day, but because I get to make books that help others.
I get asked where I get my book ideas and what age group I write for. Most of the things I write about are things that I struggled with when I was younger, and my age group range is three to eight years old, adult.
Yes, adult! I’ve heard from lots of them. Sometimes a few words with simple art helps us grownups understand things easier.I know this within myself, but somehow I manage to complicate things because nothing is easy! Right? Not when you get older.
Does it always have to be that way? Not when you’re a kid. Most things are just matter-of-fact. They don’t question things that help the earth, like using both sides of the paper, bringing your own grocery bags to the market, or turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. And how does all this help the earth? Kids just know it does. My books are a springboard to help expand upon ideas like these.
I am not an expert on anything, okay, maybe mac and cheese? Probably not, but I do love to cook.
I’m hopeful I can get my readers to see the impact we can have if we all do a few of the little things every day to help the earth and each other. It is that simple. The End.
by Todd Parr
Birds are singing and everyone is sneezing because Spring is here!
The Spring Book captures a variety of moments that encompasses this season. From rolling down hills or dancing in the rain, to celebrating mothers and honoring heroes everywhere, Todd Parr shows readers with simplicity and universal accessibility the delights of Spring.
by Todd Parr
"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..."
With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuing a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good - from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.
Best of all, the book includes an interior gatefold with a poster with tips/reminders on how kids can "go green" everyday. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.
by Todd Parr
A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity by bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr.
Love your grin. Love your skin.
Love the bees. Love the trees.
Love giving a hand. Love taking a stand.
LOVE YOURSELF. LOVE THE WORLD!
What the world needs now is love--and who better than Todd Parr to share a message of kindness, charity, and acceptance. Touching upon themes including self-esteem, environmentalism, and respect for others, Todd uses his signature silly and accessible style to encourage readers to show love for themselves and all the people, places, and things they encounter.