Todd Parr’s books – from The Peace Book to The Family Book – address social issues ranging from racial tolerance to families brought together through adoption. His books contain simple messages about acceptance, difference and empowerment. Parr writes his books to help children learn to believe in themselves and to accept others.
The books are ablaze with primary colors and simple drawings to which babies and preschoolers can relate. The messages found in each book fall into four general categories: self-esteem (“It’s OK to be short”), emotional/behavioral themes (“It’s OK to cry”), tolerance and acceptance (“It’s OK to be a different color”), as well as silly, kid-friendly messages to keep the book from being too heavy-handed (“It’s OK to sing out loud”). Each book ends with an encouraging, empowering message.