Todd Parr Talks Pregnancy, Parenting, & Giving His Books Away for Free

Todd Parr photo by Jeff Fielding.

For many years now, I have been reading the works of Todd Parr to my son. When he was a baby, we’d flip through It’s Okay To Be Different and Underwear Do’s and Don’ts. At the age of eight, he still often sleeps with his copy of The I’m Not Scared Book. (It’s quite wrinkled.)

Now, Parr is putting out something new for parents. It’s not just for parents to read, but for them to enjoy—and it’s in Parr’s quirky, colorful, signature style. The author/illustrator of over 30 acclaimed children’s books has just released We’re Pregnant, with the inevitable follow-up We’re Parents coming on June 8.

While you may be quick to pre-order both books on Amazon, know that Parr is actually giving away both of these books for free. Why would he do that exactly? To benefit charity. With every download, The First Years, the same company that makes every baby item imaginable from strollers to sippy-cups, will donate money to two nonprofit charities. Project Night Night provides more than 25,000 free “night night” care packages to homeless infants, toddlers, and children each year, while Cradles to Crayons works to deliver other essentials to children.

GeekMom recently got the chance to chat with Parr and The First Years’ Lynne Mello. Check out the video interview below to find out more about the new eBooks, how giving them away benefits so many children in need, and how Parr’s upcoming The Goodbye Book tackles one of the author’s toughest topics yet.

To download We’re Pregnant, go to The First Years website—and remember to bookmark it for the June 8 release of We’re Parents!