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Picture Books with Positive Vibes

Posted over 2 years ago by Patti L

The Peace Book/Todd Parr

An explosion of bright colors greet you and your child when you open a book by renowned children’s picture book author Todd Parr. Child-like illustrations and simple text invite you into a world of smiling humans and animals and everyday things familiar to kids.

Parr’s books radiate positive messages of peace, love, thankfulness, humor and joy. Some books focus on kids’ feelings about making mistakes, being different, being scared and self-acceptance. Others look at families and other important things in the world of young children. Some are purely for fun. All have high kid-appeal, with little text and lots of fun pictures to talk about. Deep subjects are dealt with understandably and positively.

The Peace Book offers easy ways for children to understand a grown-up concept. Peace is not just the opposite of war; in fact, war is not mentioned. Peace is everyday things such as listening to different music, reading different books, growing a garden, even taking a nap! The pictures make the text clear to young readers, who will enjoy the vivid and amusing drawings. The book is sure to prompt discussion and get children thinking about the wider world.

The Peace Book by Todd Parr is but one of the amazing books from the 101 Picture Book Challenge. Some of Todd Parr’s other amazing books are listed below; for a full list, visit Todd Parr's website.

More Amazing Books by Todd Parr

The Brother Book/Todd Parr

The Brother Book

Presents a variety of brothers, some quiet and some wild, some who study bugs and some who eat them, some who look like you and some who do not.

The Cars and Trucks Book/Todd Parr

The Cars and Trucks Book

Illustrations and simple text reveal many things that cars and trucks like to do, from just being on the road to helping keep the planet clean. Includes safety tips.

Be Who You Are/Todd Parr

Be Who You Are

Picture book encouraging kids to be proud of what makes them unique, where they come from, and how they express themselves and see the world.

Teachers Rock!/Todd Parr

Teachers Rock!

A celebration of the ways in which teachers change the world, from encouraging creativity, to making students laugh, to helping them form friendships, always wanting everyone to succeed and making the classroom a great place to be.

The Goodbye Book/Todd Parr

The Goodbye Book

Illustrations and brief text relate how a person might feel when he or she has lost someone they love.

It's Okay to Make Mistakes/Todd Parr

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

Presents a series of situations in which taking chances and trying new things can lead to good results, even if there were mistakes along the way.

The I'm Not Scared Book/Todd Parr

The I’m Not Scared Book

Relates the things that can frighten children and how these fears may be overcome.

Reading Makes You Feel Good/Todd Parr

Reading Makes You Feel Good

Describes the characteristics and various advantages of reading.

What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

101 Picture Book Challenge - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.