Meet Todd Parr!

Todd Parr is coming to Tucson!  In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the library’s LGBT Services Committee, Todd will speak and read his books at the Himmel Park Amphitheater on Saturday, October 28th, 2:00pm.  We’ll also have live music, crafts, and bubbles!  Plus, children will be entered in a raffle drawing to win a Todd Parr picture book and a plushy!

Todd is the bestselling author of beloved children’s books “It's Okay to Make Mistakes,” “The EARTH Book,” and “The Thankful Book.”  His brightly colored drawings boldly portray complex issues with sweet impact.  We have read many of his books when at Rainbow Storytimes, created by the LGBT Services Committee.  “Be Who You Are” and “It's Okay to Be Different” fit in perfectly with our themes of empowerment, being unique, and feeling accepted.

I asked Todd if he would answer a few questions to get to know him a little before his visit to Tucson. He did!

1)  What is your favorite children's book?

Todd Parr:  "Go, Dog, Go!”  by P. D. Eastman

2)  Why do you rescue Pit Bulls?

Todd:  My first dog I rescued was a Pit Bull.  I knew nothing about the breed at that time.  Once I learned how misunderstood they were and how bad people were, training them to do bad things, I knew I needed to help.  Nothing like having three Pit Bulls licking you!

Saving Audie

3)  Where is the most unusual place you have eaten macaroni and cheese?

Todd:  Sorry to disappoint on this one – it was not in the bath tub like the page from “It’s Okay To Be Different.”  The most unusual place would be in bed watching “Toy Story.”

4)  If you could choose only one pizza topping for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Todd:  Worms!  No, that’s not right.  I mean cheese.

How to Eat Fried Worms     Pizza

5)  Who inspired you most to be the person you have become?

Todd:  My dad.

The Daddy Book

We hope to see you at Todd Parr in the Park!