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It's Okay to Be Different

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  3,547 ratings  ·  424 reviews
It's okay to be a different color. It's okay to dance by yourself. It's okay to wear glasses. It's okay to have a pet worm.... It's okay to be different!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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I love the Andy Warhol type art Todd employs with vibrant colors. It’s a great message to anyone at any age. Be proud of you and the difference that come from that. I love the one that says It’s ok to dance by yourself. Indeed. Yes it is.

The kids think this is a fun little story too.
Schizanthus Nerd
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's Okay to be Different is such a bright and cheerful picture book. See those quirky DayGlo illustrations on the front cover? That is the kind of smiley fun you're in for throughout the book. At once a self esteem booster and a celebration of individuality, kids young and young at heart will love this book. Each page tells you it's okay to be, have or do something and is supported by cute illustrations that even I, wanna be artist that struggles to create a legible stick figure, could attempt ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indy, owned
These books by the uber talented Todd Parr are simply gold. I know I am aware of my judgement factor, we do judge others at times. This series remind us that firstly love our self; and secondly to simply just be kind. Simple concept which will hopefully fill our lil' ones minds. Indy likes these books. (My quirky hard to keep still 6 year old) - or am I talking about myself, too;)
Violet Lewis
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emotional-health
This book is great because it talks about how we are all different. It's Okay to be Different, is a book that helps young children understand that there are no two people exactly alike and that it is okay to be who you are. It helps children learn to embrace the differences in the world around them and be proud of themselves and their families. It is a great book to read at the begining of the school year or for social emotional development.

Learning activity: SE1a: The children will demonstrate
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simple, darling book with a great message.

We used this to write our own...each child picked something that they think is okay and wrote a paragraph about why that is okay. "It's okay to be in a wheelchair." "It's okay to be scared on a cruise ship." "It's okay to like video games." "It's okay to have curly hair." And so on. They turned out really cute.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: differences
This book was amazing and I would recommend it to any teacher. No matter the grade level. This book touches bases on accepting the differences amongst a group of friends. My students actually used this book during a writing center.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preschool-lit
Our kids request this over and over; it celebrates many of the differences we all have. They loooove the "it's okay to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub" page.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Todd Parr books are some of my story time favorites because they are bright and written in a totally kid-friendly way, while also covering important concepts. This one explains that differences are okay - big and small, silly and serious. Although my 6-year old now thinks he should eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub. 😂
Sarah Hannon
Personal Response- I really like this book and just love how the author emphasizes a range of differences people may have amongst each other but that it is okay to have those differences. The illustrations are descriptive about what the author is trying to say is unique about someone but okay.

Purposes - read aloud kindergarten
-This book could be used for enrichment purposes to illustrate to students early that no matter what makes someone seem different from yourself, is completely okay and that
Betsie Johnson
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diversity
This is a book about our differences. Each page has a character doing something different, and says, "It's okay to...(get mad, lose a tooth, wear glasses, etc.). It also has silly examples like, "It's okay to help a squirrel collect nuts!" I like that the book has specific examples of differences because it allows children to relate to the book. I like the idea of reading this book with a large group of students, because you could add lots of opportunities to respond with questions like, "Does a ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's okay to be different is a picture book. It is a primary read. The book tells that people and things are different and that it's ok to be different. It talked about people wearing glasses and some that dont wear glasses. That some have missing teeth while other's don't. It showed that despite how different we all are our differences are ok.The pictures are wonderful. It is a very easy read. The pictures are bright and colorful and would catch any young readers eye. My daughter enjoyed readin ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book and i feel that it is a cute way to introduce to children that differences are OK. I think some adults need to still learn this lesson, unfortunately. I appreciated that the book's illustration was not necessarily realistic. It has characters that are orange, purple, blue, and it even had some crazy looking animals; i think kids will find this to be fun and interesting and most importantly there is no one representation in the book. Therefore, anyone who reads the book can rel ...more
A bright and bold picture book celebrating diversity. The comforting repetitive text with the joyfully vivid illustrations make this a fun way to begin discussions on mutual respect and acceptance with preschool and early elementary students. A happy book with a big hearted message.
Lisa Mcbroom
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I know a lot of my friends have children who have been diagnosed with actual disorders so this comment is not meant for them.. so here goes. I think kids are over medicated and mis diagonesed for being wonderfully quirky and this book says EMBRACE YOUR QUIRKINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Laura Marie
Delightful story explaining the differences of all people. It is a nice way to have children relate to one another and understand it is okay to be different from everyone else,.
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddo-books
The Spanish version of this book is my "mystery reader" book for O&E class for their fall curriculum. ...more
Dani Gustavsen
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What an amazing book! The pictures are intentionally childlike, the words are simple, the ideas are poignant and together these elements make a perfect book for kids!

I have read this book aloud to Pre-K, Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade. The giggles, gaffaws and aww's were the same for all these ages. Entire classes of kids were enthralled by Todd Parr.

At the end of each book is a little message that tells kids that they are awesome and need to continue to be proud of their differences. And they all e
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I also love this one for introducing differences to children.
Elizabeth Ramsey
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book delivers an important of how it is okay to be different. The book uses colorful colors and silly pictures to relate to kids. This book really hits the emotions of children and how they see things.

I loved this book! Yes it is very short and easy to read but it's message is great and very important. Something that I would love to read at the beginning of the year to set the tone that the class will be filled with students that are all different from each other and that is okay.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: georgia-pre-k
Teaches children it is okay to be different. We are all special.
Elaine Savage
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is truly wonderful. A book that honors differences and even says how it is okay, the range on all the differences is adorable too. It's okay to eat mac n cheese in the tub, it's okay to be adopted, it's to wear glasses and it's okay to dance by yourself. I want for my children and students to honor each other's differences and be secure in themselves. This is a book that I would read to my students on the first day of school to start the year off loving each other no matter what. I'm t ...more
Sep 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It's Okay to Be Different, by Todd Parr, illustrated by Todd Parr, published by Little Brown and Company, publication date: 2001.
This is a great realistic fiction book because it really brings the idea and point of diversity home. Throughout the book the students are encouraged to embrace their differences and be proud of them. The whole book is about reassuring people that it is okay to be different. For example, it say "It's okay to be a different color, It's okay to be adopted, etc." The ent
Kelsey Vayens
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This children's fiction book discusses the topic of being different. The author, Todd Parr, brings up many aspects of human differences and lets the audience know that it is okay to be different. Parr provides many examples of this (ex. "It's okay to be a different color", "It's okay to be adopted", etc.) He also stresses the importance of embracing our special and unique differences that makes us who we are. This can specifically be seen in the ending where Parr, himself, writes a letter to the ...more
Mallory White
I absolutely LOVE this book by Todd Parr. This read is not very long or not very complex, but the overall message is fabulous! No actual characters are named in the book, but each page has a different illustration. I love the fact that the illustrations are kid friendly and look like he got a kid to draw them! Kids love that sort of stuff! The pages list different things such as: Its okay to be a different color, have no hair, have wheels, wear glasses, be from a different place, have different ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
When our grandson visits us, everyone in town knows him – because he stands out. In any group of kids, he towered over his fellow three-year-olds and went nose to nose with seven and eight-year-olds. His skin colour is different too: in a rural village originally settled by Mi’kmaq (formerly MicMac) and then Scots, his half-Jamaican ancestry is very noticeable. So when I heard about It’s Okay to Be Different, I immediately reserved it at the library.

Everybody wants to belong – especially kids. S
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that I always recommend to other teachers. This book discusses the importance of accepting each others differences. My students use the art and writing style to write about what makes them unique.
Kendall Stewart
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute children's book. I would say that it is more for preschool-kindergarten aged students because it is mostly pictures with a couple words about the picture underneath it. It is a children's book about how it is okay to be different. Throughout the book it is all pictures of different races or different animals. It will say something like "it is okay to be a different color" or it is okay to have two moms". It is suppose to tell children that it is okay to have friends that are ...more
Hyesu Kang
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is about multicultural and social issue book. This book treats different kinds of topics such as race, disabilities, discrimination, and children's different thinking. It help to children to understand difference between people. It is very simple and short, but it include a lot of contents. For example, this book treats people who have disabilities. That person ride wheel chair , and he smiles. Then, he wrote “It is ok”. In fact, disabilities might be a serious problem for young children, but ...more
Cassandra Gelvin
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm okay, you're okay. And that's okay.

It's cute. There's not really a storyline, just a list of things that it's okay to be. Some of them are things people might be discriminated against, like disabilities like blindness ("needing some help") or being in a wheelchair ("having wheels"), but also things like it's okay to get mad, it's okay to be proud of yourself, and it's okay to dance by yourself. Then there are silly things that most people don't do, like "It's okay to eat macaroni and cheese
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