Interview and Giveaway with Todd Parr

///Interview and Giveaway with Todd Parr

Interview and Giveaway with Todd Parr

I fell in love with Todd Parr’s book at a department store. Of all the places :). Since then, I have been buying or borrowing Todd’s books from the library and reading them with my kids who share my love for Todd’s books. Todd’s books have simple, yet complex messages, are beautifully illustrated, and are interesting for all the young at heart.

The first time I connected with Todd Parr was last year after we discovered his books and couldn’t put them down. I held a giveaway with Todd’s books right after and because the giveaway was very well received, I decided to do another one, with Todd’s newest book: Be Who You Are.

Both my kids devour Todd’s books from cover to cover and when my 7-year old son is in a good mood and has loving feelings for his sister, he even reads the books to her. Otherwise, she stares at each picture carefully and comes up with her own stories about what happens in the book.

Be Who You Are is a gorgeous book (like all Todd’s books) with a beautiful message. It helps kids understand that although we are all different from one another, we need to be true to ourselves, be kind with one another and not judge a book by its cover.

Giveaway with Todd Parr's latest book

I contacted Todd prior to this giveaway and asked him a few questions to get to know him better. He happily agreed. So without further ado, here’s Todd.

  1. When did you write your first book and what was it about?

1998 There were four 6×6 books published. The Oaky Book, This is My Hair, Do’s and Don’ts, Things That Make You Feel Good.

  1. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?

I think I am over forty five now. One of my favorites is The Underwear Book. It’s always a big hit with the crowd. I’m also very proud of The Goodbye Book as that took me a long time to figure out how I was going to tackle the issue of saying goodbye to someone.

  1. Each of your books carries beautiful messages and your newest book is no exception. The book is entitled “Be who you are”. Tell us what the title means to you.

Thank you. Be Who You Are is an extension of my book It’s Okay to Be Different. Sixteen years this was my message for my readers. Now, I just want to empower my audience to BE WHO YOU ARE.

  1. What does your schedule look like when you are creating?

I’m very quick once I latch onto an idea. I want to see how it’s going to turn out. So everything else revolves around this. Except for walking and feeding my three dogs. They rule the house. 🙂

Be Who You Are Execerpt from Todd Parr's latest book

Source www.toddparr.com

  1. When you begin writing a book, do you have a picture in your mind for each page or do they slowly come to you as you progress through your creative process? How long does it take to create a book, from start to finish?

Usually once I have the idea I just start drawing, and things quickly unfold. I get excited so I want to know that my publisher is excited as I am. The entire process is usually a year or more.

  1. What do you like to do when you are not creating?

I like to cook. I also love to be at the ocean.

  1. Do your readers get in touch with you? What are some of the messages you receive?

Yes! So many people express how my books have helped them, or someone in their family.

  1. What book do you have on your night stand right now?

I’m being honest so I will tell you it’s my iPone and Watch charging. And a picture of my dog Bully. But when I was young it was Go Dog Go by Dr. Seuss.

  1. And of course, I have to ask a food-related question. Do you like to try new foods? If you do, what was the last one you tried and what did you think of it?

I love to try new foods. Usually the highlight of my travels is trying new and different foods. I love to experience different cultures, but I won’t try anything to crazy. I’ll eat macaroni and cheese anytime. 🙂

Be Who You Are cover with Todd Parr

Source: www.toddparr.com

 

Thank you, Todd, for being part of this giveaway and thank you for enriching our children’s lives with your books’ positive messages that build self-esteem and help our little ones grow into awesome human beings!

I am certain you’ll love Todd’s books as much as my family does and I hope you’ll read and enjoy them with your entire family.

There are the 3 ways to enter this giveaway for “Be Who You Are” by Todd Parr. Each gives you 1 entry to the giveaway.

  1. Subscribe to the Orgali blog by email. The link to subscribe (green rectangle) is on the right side on this page.
  2. Like Orgali Holistic Nutrition Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/orgalinutrition
  3. Tell us in the comments section below if your family read Todd’s books before and if you have a favourite.

This giveaway is open to readers residing in Canada and the USA. Skill testing question required. No purchase necessary.

The giveaway for Be Who You Are starts on Sunday, January 22, 2017 and ends on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 8 pm MT.

A winner will be chosen using a random number generator and announced on the blog on Monday February 6. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

I will contact the winner by email and post the result on the blog. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

The winner is Renee Hribar. Congratulations, Renee!

2017-02-06T06:25:39+00:00 By |Categories: Snack recipes|Tags: , |86 Comments

About the Author:

Alina Muresan is a Holistic Nutritional Consultant who specializes in family nutrition and health. Visit her website, Orgali.ca to find great advice on your child's nutrition and delicious recipes that are healthy and fast!

86 Comments

  1. Nancy January 22, 2017 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I am an email subscriber.

  2. Nancy January 22, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    I like you on Facebook.

  3. Nancy January 22, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I may have seen his books before. I don’t think we have read any of them yet.

  4. Jen January 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I love this blog! You have some great things here! I haven’t read these books before, but we’re going to check some out from the library and see what the kiddos think. Thanks for sharing

  5. wendy January 22, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Love, Love, Love his books! Such beautiful messages. My daughter knows them all by heart! Sharing everywhere!

  6. Jessica Cossin January 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    My 2 kids & I are a huge fan of Todd’s! We follow him on Twitter & Instagram! We have a huge collection of his books, and are constantly urging our 1 room small town library to get more! My son (7 yrs old) loves “The Mommy Book”, he loves comparing the Mom with the huge hair to me! My daughter (3 yrs) loves “The Underwear Book” it helped us get into potty training and has just been an favorite since. My Mom does Daycare in her home, where I read my 1st Todd Parr book, “The Okay Book”, it’s definitely a family thing! We have to get any new books that come out now! Such huge fanselection! We ❤ you FB too.

  7. jacquie January 23, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I am an email subscriber

  8. jacquie January 23, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    I don’t have kids but I think that children’s books also have meaning for adults and sometime speak with a simplicity that allows we older folks to recognize some essential truths that was miss with more adult “talk”. I haven’t read any books of Todd’s yet but will certainly look for them.

  9. Melissa January 23, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    I have never heard about these books but it sounds like an author I should check out! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Kathryn Minas January 24, 2017 at 5:20 am - Reply

    I’m a huge fan of Todd Parr. His work is inspirational for young readers.

  11. Sally January 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you for introducing me to a new author! How have I missed this?!?! I will be hitting the library tomorrow 🙂

  12. Amy January 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Awwww! What a fun read and enjoyed getting to know Todd. I’ll definitely be checking out more of his books in the future 🙂

  13. Doris January 25, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing…

  14. Kristen January 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    We haven’t read any, but this looks wonderful!

  15. Ashley Richey January 27, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    We haven’t read these yet!

  16. Vikki Billings January 28, 2017 at 3:46 am - Reply

    I am an email subscriber ([email protected])

  17. Vikki Billings January 28, 2017 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I like you on Facebook as Vikki Billings

  18. Vikki Billings January 28, 2017 at 3:47 am - Reply

    We have not read these books yet, but would like to.

  19. Marilyn Nawara January 28, 2017 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I liked Orgali Holistic Nutrition Facebook page – Marilyn Nawara

  20. Marilyn Nawara January 28, 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

    We haven’t read any of Todd’s books before, but I’m looking forward to reading this one.

  21. Kimmy Ripley January 28, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I am a Facebook fan!

  22. Kimmy Ripley January 28, 2017 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I have never seen any of these books but I would love them for my Chloe Pearl!

  23. Nicole Lancaster January 28, 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I followed you on Facebook as Nicole Lancaster.

  24. Nicole Lancaster January 28, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    My family has not read any of Todd’s books. I think my family would really enjoy them.

  25. Anne Morrighan Perry January 29, 2017 at 12:15 am - Reply

    I Subscribe to the Orgali blog by email.

  26. Anne Morrighan Perry January 29, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I Like Orgali Holistic Nutrition Facebook page. Morrighan Crowe

  27. Anne Morrighan Perry January 29, 2017 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Our favorite Todd Parr book is the Daddy Book.

  28. Karen Walker January 29, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Haven’t read any yet.liked on Facebook

  29. Renee Hribar January 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I love this interview and cannot wait to try these books in our home. Thank you Alina for introducing me to them!

  30. chickie brewer January 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    No I have not read his books before, but I should have! ..I have also liked Orgali Holistic Nutrition.

  31. Angela Newsome January 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Subscribed to newsletter, liked Facebook page and no we haven’t ever read any of his books!

  32. Bethany Suire January 30, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    My son has It’s Okay To Be Different! It’s the only Todd Parr Book I have ever read but we LOVE IT! It’s definitely one of his go to books before bedtime!

  33. Elizabeth Brooks January 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of these books

  34. David s January 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I liked on Facebook

  35. Linda January 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Our family hasn’t yet read Todd’s books before. Our son is just about ready for them now.

  36. KENNETH OHL January 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I liked you on facebook.. thankyou, ken

  37. Daniel M January 31, 2017 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    haven’t read any yet so no fav

  38. KENNETH OHL February 1, 2017 at 3:05 am - Reply

    I liked you on facebook

  39. wendy browne February 1, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    LIked your FG page.

  40. wendy browne February 1, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Email subscriber.

  41. wendy browne February 1, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I know of Todd Parr’s art but not his books. I have a toddler who loves to look at books.

  42. Helen February 1, 2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of this author, but his books look very inspiring. Hopefully, we can add some to our bookshelves soon.

  43. Helen February 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    I like you on Facebook

  44. Amanda Stovall February 2, 2017 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Hi! I subscribe to you via email! ( amandastovall(AT)me(DOT)com )
    Thanks!

  45. Amanda Stovall February 2, 2017 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Also, I’ve tried to “Like” your page on Facebook, but unfortunately FB is being difficult this morning & will not allow me to do so… However, I was able to “Follow” your page! Hopefully this will work?! My FB name is Amanda Stovall… Thanks again!

  46. Amanda Stovall February 2, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    And, I don’t believe we have ever read any of Todd Parr’s books, but after reading your article I am really interested in getting them! Thanks so much for sharing about this author! All children need books such as these that teach such important lessons & that help them with self-esteem!

  47. Kelley Roach February 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    love this blog! You have some great things here!

  48. Fiona N February 3, 2017 at 2:04 am - Reply

    I just subscribe to the Orgali blog by my email

  49. Fiona N February 3, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

    I liked Orgali Holistic Nutrition Facebook page as name fiona nuyen

  50. Fiona N February 3, 2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

    I have not read Todd’s books before but I would love to win and read it to my son
    Thank You

  51. David s February 3, 2017 at 4:19 am - Reply

    I have not read these books before

  52. YVONNE WOODSTOCK February 3, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

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  54. YVONNE WOODSTOCK February 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    #3.-No,-I-have-not-read-Todd’s-books-YET..as-I-don’t-think-they-were-around-yet-when-I-was-reading-to-our-5-kids-who-are-now-21-29..BUT
    Our-1ST-GRANDBABY-..a-little-grandson-named-Ashton-is-due-in-March-and-I-LOVEEEE-many-of-the-messages-in-Mr.Parr’s-books..especially-THIS-one-of-BE-WHO-YOU-ARE
    and
    IT’S-OK-TO-MAKE-MISTAKES
    and-especially-excited-about-the-new-one-coming-out-in-Sept.
    LOVE-THE-WORLD.
    I-would-be-thrilled-to-win-one-of-his-books-to-share-often-with-our-grandson.
    I-KNOW-his-mommy-and-daddy-would-be-too!

  55. Jen February 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    I’ve never read any of his books before, but they sound wonderful! Great explanation of the books theme. How exciting that you got to reach out and speak with the author. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Dominique Cloutier February 4, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of his books, but my kids love to read and I think they would adore this!

    I like you on FB -Dominique MamaLife Cloutier

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  57. Kate A February 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Love the bright, vibrant illustrations in these books! So fun for kids!

  58. Katrina Phelan February 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Liked on Facebook.

  59. Katrina Phelan February 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Subscribed to newsletter

  60. Katrina Phelan February 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I have never read any of his books before, but after reading your interview and info about this book I think I will have to check him out!

  61. renee February 4, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I have not read any of his books but now I’d like to.

  62. Darlene Owen February 5, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I subscribed to the Orgali blog by email.

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  64. Darlene Owen February 5, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

    We have not read Todd’s books before but we would love to.

  65. Kat Emerick February 5, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Love to read to the grandkids.

  66. Emily Ricketts February 5, 2017 at 8:15 am - Reply

    We have never read his books before.

  67. Jayedee Dewitt February 5, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I subscrive via email

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    I like you on facebook

  69. Jayedee Dewitt February 5, 2017 at 8:27 am - Reply

    We havent read any of Todd’s books yet, but after reading your great review, I’m putting him on our list!

  70. Lisa Narciso February 5, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

    We have not ever read any of Todd’s books yet, but would absolutely love to!

  71. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard February 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    subscribed via email 🙂

  72. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard February 5, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I am a fan of yours on FB

  73. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard February 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    We haven’t read any of Todd’s books yet – but they all sound really good – thanks for sharing <3 xoxo

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    I subscribed to emails! Same email as below.

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    I followed on facebook as Lisa Coomer Queen.

  76. Lisa Queen February 5, 2017 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    We haven’t read these books yet. They look awesome! My grandchildren would like these. Thanks!

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  79. Margaret S Porter February 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    i have never read one of his books but would love to with my grandson

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    I follow on Facebook

  81. Crystal Gregg February 5, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    We have not read any of Todd Parr’s books yet, but they look like fun reads.

  82. LeAnn Harbert February 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    We haven’t read any of his books before.

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