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A celebration of the countless ways teachers change the world-with a free Back-to-School poster!
Teachers are amazing! They teach you new things, make you laugh, and help you meet new friends. They always encourage you to do your best. They make the classroom a great place to be!
From admiring the way teachers foster creativity in the classroom to how they ensure all children's needs are met, Todd Parr offers an ode to everything teachers contribute to the world. Bursting with positivity about school and the people who make it special, this book is sure to become a classroom and at-home favorite.
By Todd Parr
April 2016/$16.99/Ages 4-8
Parr turns his bold, vibrant colors and simple declarative sentences to teachers, looking at what they do and who they are. Doubtless those just beginning school will get a positive view of teachers from Parr's book. How can they help it when teachers do so much? From encouraging creativity and making you laugh to playing games, helping you do all sorts of new things, and taking you on field trips, there is not much that teachers do that isn't covered (one teacher even hands a presumably snotty-nosed student a tissue, and another has paper towels for an accident). One scene is all too true for too many teachers: a smiling teacher stands at the checkout, the register totaling $100, and the text reads, "They make sure students have everything they need." With very few exceptions, Parr's multicolored students (a mix of human, alien, and animal) and teachers sport simple, uniform smiles, even when crying. The teachers are a nice mix of male and female, one is in a wheelchair, and several are in ethnic dress. And Parr addresses that age-old question of where teachers live: "Teachers can be just like you and me" is illustrated with four teachers variously eating, brushing teeth, picking out underwear, and sleeping in a bed with a dog and a cat. Sure to reassure readers nervous about their own teachers-to-be.
Released November 3, 2015—
The Goodbye Book
THE GOODBYE BOOK, a poignant and reassuring story about loss.
THE GOODBYE BOOK is reviewed on goodreadswithronna.com!
Eliot Schrefer, Special for USA TODAY
The Goodbye Book
Written and illustrated by Todd Parr Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 32 pp., ages 3-6
***½ out of four stars
Todd Parr, author of It’s Okay to Be Different, has carved out a niche for himself as “the feelings man” of picture books, and it’s not hard to see why. In glossy, color-saturated pages, we’re introduced to a small fish who’s lost its companion. As the fish goes through many reactions to the loss, the text is directed straight at the reader, giving permission for all sorts of feelings: “You might be very sad. / You might be very mad.” The art is simple and naïve, as though Parr loaded up Paint on his computer and started clicking away. With its accessible style and kindhearted text, The Goodbye Book will serve kids as a sympathetic friend during trying times.
The Goodbye Book first review from School Library Journal
The Goodbye Book By Todd Parr
November 2015/ $17/ Ages 3 to 6
ISBN 978-0-316-40497-6 / Ebook 978-0-316-40495-2
This picture book shows young children that even when goodbyes bring sadness and unfamiliar emotions, those feelings will ease with the help of time, remembrance, and support. The Goodbye Book addresses the range of emotions someone might feel after a loss, including anger, sadness, lack of joy, and denial, as well as the desire to stop eating or sleeping. Parr explains that even when a person starts to feel better, there could be moments of grief or confusion, but at the end of the day, another person will always be available to provide love and comfort. The colorful illustrations, in an naive, childlike style and outlined in black, feature a goldfish that experiences the emotions discussed throughout the book. Young readers can infer what the goldfish is feeling by looking at the picture, and the imaginative representation gives the book a soothing tone. The Goodbye Book never specifies what the exact scenario is, making it an appropriate choice whether a child is dealing with death or another difficult situation. VERDICT An honest but gentle look at the grief that comes with saying goodbye. An essential purchase for all early childhood collections.
Released July 14, 2014—
It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
"It’s okay to make mistakes sometimes. Everyone does— even grown-ups! That’s how we learn.
"Parr encourages readers to see mistakes as opportunities with characteristic élan. In his ineffable fashion, Parr delivers a reassuring mashup that’s part Keith Haring and part Sesame Street."
—Kirkus Reviews, May 28, 2014
"Readers are reassured that these common experiences (spilling milk, not knowing an answer, being shy) can happen to anyone, and they will receive positive messages about confidence and empathy."
—Booklist, June 2014 (see print edition for full review)
Released December 3, 2013...
Animals in Underwear A B C
Released December 3, 2013...
Doggie Kisses 1 2 3
Both books are 7 x 7" with padded covers and glossy pages.
Released January, 2014—
The I LOVE YOU Book
Board Book Edition
A new board book version of Todd’s New York Times Bestseller The I LOVE YOU Book.
Todd’s latest book has made the New York Times Best Seller List!
The THANKFUL Book
9 x 9" hardcover book filled with everyday and special things to be thankful for.
Here's a short video where Todd introduces The THANKFUL Book and shows you around his studio.
The UNDERWEAR Book—Re-Released!
9 x 9" paperback book filled with silly do’s and don’ts for you, your underwear and a hippo.
This book is always a favorite with the kids whenever Todd does a live event.
The I’M NOT SCARED Book
9 x 9" hardcover book to help with all the childhood fears.
Have a look at the short film titled FEARS that Todd created with Sesame Street Workshop based on The I'M NOT SCARED Book. It’s on the Todd TV page under the Sesame Street sign.
The EARTH Book
"Useful as an introduction to the subject, this is a bright and cheerful presentation."
—School Library Journal
"The earnest message springs off the page."
"His approach to this complex topic is simple but not simplistic..."
The I LOVE YOU Book
Todd explores the meaning of unconditional love, reassuring loved ones of all ages that no matter what,
they are cherished.
9 x 9" hardcover book with diecut cover.
Many of Todd's most popular books have been adapted to digital and audio formats so you can easily take them with you on the go. While there is no substitute for the experience of reading books with your child, Todd is excited about all the ways his books and characters can be easily close at hand.
Todd's Books Come to Life on the iPad! Available now on the iBookstore.
The Picture Book format of the iBooks App looks terrific!
(The iBookstore is accessed through the iBooks app.)
Todd's books also look great on the Nook Color...and the Kindle Fire!
Todd recorded some of his most popular books (in his own voice) for release in Audio Book,
eBook and the Iceberg Reader by Scrollmotion app for iPhone/iPod touch!
Ripple is a popular eBook reader for Mac and PC.
They feature some of Todd's books on their site.
Todd's Books Are Published
in the Following Languages by:
|Little, Brown & Co.||United States, Canada|
|ABC Books||Australia, New Zealand|
|Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin||Lebanon|
|Shangen Culture Co.||China|
|Hsinex International (Chinese Complex)||China|
|Kustannus Oy Pieni Karhu||Finland|
|Panda Books||Brazil, Spain|
|Ediciones Serres||Spain, Latin America, USA|
|RBA Libros||Spain, Latin America, USA|