Sunday, August 31, 2008

Have you Met Todd Parr?

I was really happy when a couple of years ago I discovered Todd Parr and his outstanding books. It all started when I found The Peace Book a couple of years ago(now published in Arabic as well!!!). I read aloud this book to my class and the children responded so well. They loved the illustrations, the way Todd Parr writes, the way he includes a letter to his readers at the end of the book. This book  got all of us talking and sharing what Peace means to each one of us. The students responses were amazing, and the high quality of the conversation that The Peace Book encouraged were priceless. From this read aloud, came a great mural that all the ELL students created just in time for the holiday seasons. 

The Peace Book cover

Since then, I have read every book he made. Among his collection, you can find the following great books:

The Family Book (winner of the 2004 Openhelm Toy Portfolio Best Book Award)

Cover of The Family Book

The Grandma and of course, also the Grandpa Book!

The randpa Book coverThe Grandma Book cover

I love reading this book about reading. It is such a great way to start the school year and set the tone!
Reading Makes You Feel Good book cover

And for our very young readers, Todd Parr has has some creative concept books like:

Cover of Black & WhiteCover of Big & Little
And coming for Valentines' Day 2009:
Don't forget to visit Todd Parr's page where he has some fun activities for children to do! He is truly quite an amazing and talented artist!

1 comment:

katied said...

I love his books for primary kids. i always read his Reading Makes You Feel Good!