Todd Parr grew up in a small town in Wyoming. He began his career in children’s publishing in 1998, and is now the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 40 children’s books. Empathy is at the core of Todd’s stories; they are about acceptance, differences, and promoting empowerment for kids in a simple, fun way.
Through his books, Todd has partnered with Target, Reach Out and Read, People Magazine, and several other organizations to promote reading. He has created merchandise for Macy’s, developed his own children’s clothing line, and had work displayed in the windows of FAO Schwarz. In Japan, “Todd Parr Shops” within Toys “R” Us were launched at all 101 stores. And in November 2005, ToddWorld, a children’s preschool show, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. The show has since been nominated for an Emmy Award and has won several other awards, including the iParenting Media Award and the 2005 Humanitas Award. ToddWorld has aired in almost every country around the world.
Todd loves pit bulls and macaroni and cheese, and he lives in San Francisco, California.