Todd Parr is a three-time New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children, including The Thankful Book, The Earth Book and The I LOVE YOU Book, as well as The Kindness Book and the recently released The Spring Book and The Activity Book, all from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. He has inspired and empowered children around the world with simple, hopeful and powerful messages such as “be kind”, “love yourself” and “be who you are” all set with vibrant images utilizing eye-catching primary colors. His books have received numerous awards and are available in nearly 20 languages. He also is the co-creator of the popular three-time Daytime Emmy©- nominated animated TV series, ToddWorld with Gerry Renert of SupperTime Entertainment. Several short films for Sesame Street have been based on Todd’s work.
A flight attendant before becoming a full-time author/illustrator, Todd’s first book, The Okay Book, was published in 1999. Todd devotes time to numerous philanthropic causes supporting pet adoption, children’s hunger, health, and literacy. He is a frequent reader and fund-raiser for The Ronald McDonald House, and he also currently serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Children’s Book Festival. Todd’s corporate collaborations include Best Buy, Stouffer’s, and the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, among others.
The Wyoming native lives in Berkeley, CA, with his three adopted pit bulls and enjoys cooking. He is often whipping up macaroni & cheese, tacos, and grilled cheese recipes, which he regularly shares with fans. For more information on Todd visit his Facebook or Instagram.
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