In July and August 2013, author/illustrator Todd Parr will appear at 10 different Oakland Public Library locations to read and draw with children. Mr. Parr is the author and illustrator of over 40 distinctive books for children, all conveying positive lessons in easy-to-grasp terms, accompanied by Parr’s colorful and cheerful artwork. Titles include It's Okay To Be Different, The Feel Good Book, The Earth Book, The Peace Book, The I LOVE YOU Book, and many others.
All of Todd Parr’s Oakland Public Library appearances will include a short read-aloud and tips on how to draw. Additionally, a free, healthy lunch will be served to youths ages 0–18, as part of the Free Summer Lunch Program held at many Oakland Library locations. Free Summer Lunch is provided by the Alameda County Food Bank in partnership with the City of Oakland.
Mr. Parr suggested the series of appearances as a gesture of support for the Library’s Summer Reading Program, which encourages children to continue to develop their reading skills while school is out of session for the summer break. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Reading is Soooooo Delicious” and Oakland Public Library is putting on many fun, educational programs, frequently tying together the themes of enjoyable reading and healthy eating. Mr. Parr is donating his time free of charge.
For a complete schedule of Mr. Parr’s Oakland Public Library events, please visit www.oaklandlibrary.org or click here. For information, please contact Nina Lindsay, Supervising Librarian, at 238-6706 or nlindsay@Oaklandlibrary.org.