I was looking through my box of “teacher favorites,” you know, the one that I rarely let my students touch because I am so emotionally attached to each and every one of them. I saw a Todd Parr book and took a photo so I could write about it. But then I kept flipping through and I saw another Todd Parr book, and another. Then I looked on my daughter’s book shelf and saw even more Todd Parr books. I realized that I couldn’t just write about one of his books. I want to write about him.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet Todd Parr a few times. He lives locally and has spoken at a variety of events I’ve attended. A few years back, he was a keynote speaker at the best teacher conference on the planet, The California Kindergarten Conference (ok, I’m biased… I’m on the board of directors for the @califkinderassociation) After his presentation, I watched as Mr. Parr graciously greeted hundreds of starstruck, over-enthusiastic teachers. He was what my people like to call, a real mensch (which reminds me, I forgot to include a photo of The Shalom Book, which my daughter received through @PJLibrary) I brought him a binder full of Todd Parr inspired art that my students made. He must have accepted at least 12 binders just like mine, and yet he genuinely seemed to appreciate my gift to him. It was just a small token of appreciation for all of the happiness he’s brought me over the years.
Todd Parr’s writes books that make you smile. They are bright. They are thoughtful. They are relatable. They are simple. They are delightful. Thank you @toddparr