Todd Parr Books {GUEST POST}

I firmly believe that reading to children is one of the most important things we can do for their development, so when my second son was born last July I was anxious to start reading to him as early as possible.

The Grandma Book
I first picked up Todd Parr’s The Grandma Book about six months ago when my Mom was coming for a visit. I thought it would be a cute story for her to read to my then six-month-old. I had been reading other books to him up until that time but none seemed to hold his interest like this one did. Amazed that my 10-second-attention-span baby would sit and listen to the entire book, I quickly went on to our public library’s website and searched for Todd Parr and reserved every one of his books that was available.

The I Love You BookThe Family Book
What I love about these books are the vividly-coloured, bold illustrations along with simple, yet meaningful words. His stories are whimsical but all convey a very positive, upbeat message; something we all need in today’s day and age where most news seems to be bad news.
The Earth Book
Messages in The Earth Book include the importance of recycling, riding your bike or taking the school bus and saving energy all in a fun, easy to understand way. Parents loving their children unconditionally (even when they don’t sleep – a big one in our house!) is sweetly conveyed in The I Love You Book. Learning that having a one-parent family or a family with two moms or two dads is OK in The Family Book is relevant in today’s world and will surely resonate with many children. Parr ends each book with a message such as being sure to tell your Grandma you love her every day and signs them, ”Love, Todd”; an engaging and personal touch that you don’t see in other books.

Parr also has a collection of books about “Otto”, a silly but kind-hearted dog who learns valuable lessons in each story. The Otto books don’t hold my baby’s attention as well as the others. There are more words and take longer to read so I anticipate that as he gets older he’ll learn to enjoy Otto’s adventures too.

Six months later I am still reading Todd Parr books to my son every day. He will sometimes listen to other stories, but if he’s squirming and uninterested, I grab a Todd Parr book and everything changes. I am building him his own library of these books because as he gets older the messages are sure to stick with him and the simple stories are ones that will make learning to read fun.

About Guest Reviewer:
Jennifer is a married mom of two sons born 15 years apart (yes, you read that right) living in Hamilton, Ontario. A lover of cupcakes, reading good (and not-so-good) books and cooking, she also spends her days working in marketing for a well-known franchise restaurant corporation. As fairly recent transplants to Hamilton, she and her family enjoy exploring the city and taking in all it has to offer. Jennifer is also a member of the National Posts’ Gastropost weekend feature section where you can read about her completed food “missions”. You can also follow her on Twitter @pennesthoughts or on her blog at A Penne for Your Thoughts.


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3 Responses to Todd Parr Books {GUEST POST}

  1. I love Todd Parr books. Simple in their design, but important in what they can teach kids.

  2. A. Smith says:

    We have one of these books but haven’t read The Grandma Book yet. Sounds like a great book to get for my daughter to read with my mother.

  3. el03ro says:

    September 29-It is so wonderful when we see our child become interested in reading. It opens up a whole new world to them so they do not have to depend on TV or anyone to entertain and instruct them.
    My daughters have told me that ‘Goodnight, Moon’ is Another book that little ones love.
    You must have been so happy to get all those wonderful Todd
    Barr books to entertain and get your child interested in good books.-el03ro

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