It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

It's Okay to Make Mistakes book cover

Todd Parr is an author who combines fun illustrations with heart-warming messages that affirm the strength and goodness in every person.

Picture book, fiction
Interest Level: Pre-K through 2nd grade; Reading Level: 2.1
4 out of 5 stars

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes lets readers know that everybody makes mistakes and that mistakes can lead to good things, such as discovering something new, or something that might be seen as a mistake could really just be a different way of doing something.

The overall message is that “Everyone has ‘uh-oh’ moments. That’s how you learn!”
Parr’s illustrations are bright and whimsical and appeal to a wide variety of young readers. I find that students with special needs are often fans of Todd Parr because of the engaging illustrations and the accessible message that he shares.

Adults need to realize that children are often afraid to make a mistake. Whether it’s because they don’t want to appear silly in front of peers or sometimes they just fear not doing something “correct,” children need to learn that mistakes can be good, especially if we learn from them or create something new. This book would make a good intro to a maker space activity in a school library and could lead into a discussion of the engineering design process, where mistakes lead to rethinking and modification, not failure.

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes
by Todd Parr
Little, Brown and Company, 2014

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