A 1981 graduate, Todd Parr likes the fog, sea lions, and to paint. His favorite color is Blue and his favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Todd spent his childhood in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he states that is was a great place to grow up but he knew the world was out there waiting for him. In high school, art was a passion of his, but failed art class. Because of that failure, Todd lacked the self-confidence to pursue it further. But Todd states it wasn’t all his teachers fault. Todd worked at many things before finally coming back to his original dream of painting, but again he faced rejection. Despite the rejection, he continued on with his work because he knew being an artist was what he wanted to do with his life.
After not having success with galleries, Todd was able to show his work at one of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants, Postrio, in San Francisco, where he has lived for the past 13 years. With a little luck and persistence, this exhibit led to many other things, like creating merchandise for Macys, and then on to his own line of clothing for kids.
He first got into children’s publishing in 1998. He was able to take the messages that are part of my art and put them in a simple reading about acceptance, differences, and empowerment for kids to feel better about themselves in a simple, fun way. Todd has had a lot of fun creating the books and is very proud to know they are helping someone feel better about themselves in a silly, fun way.
Below are some of the fun, cool things that have happened to Todd and his books:
His work was displayed in the windows of FAO Schwarz in NYC and San Francisco, with interior displays of some of my product, including my first four books.
“Todd Parr Shops” within Toys R Us Japan were launched at all 101 stores with products exclusively available in Japan.
His Books have won several awards and have been featured on The Rosie O’Donnell show. Currently Todd has written and illustrated 30 books.
In 2004, Todd appeared in a Panasonic commercial and print ad.
Todd has partnered with Target, Reach Out and Read, People Magazine and several other organizations to promote reading.
In November 2005, his children’s preschool show, ToddWorld premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids. The show has since been nominated for an Emmy and has won several other awards including the iParenting Media Award and the 2005 Humanitas Award for the episode entitled “Who’s Your Best Friend?”. ToddWorld is now airing in almost every country around the world with a second season is in the works.
With the support of my family, especially my Dad and Grandma, Todd has been very successful but Todd does have another passion in wanting to own his own restaurant!
Todd’s favorite quote from his Grandma as she used to say:
" You're a little lost now but I know you'll find your way ".