Parker & Jessica Curry – Parker Looks Up

picturebooking 130  |  authors episode  |  hosted by Nick Patton  |  Nov. 13, 2019


Four-year-old Parker Curry had a moment that went viral. Today’s featured book, PARKER LOOKS UP, is the story of that moment and that day.

We love this book for its here-and-now reality. And how you can truly have a life-altering moment in the middle of an ordinary day.

A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker’s young life when she views First Lady’s Michelle Obama’s portrait.

Parker Curry


Parker Curry likes splashing in puddles and dance-offs. Her moment with the portrait of Michelle Obama captured everyone’s attention and became a truly amazing picture book.

And after this interview, Parker got to meet and dance with Michelle Obama! Congrats Ms. Curry!

Featured Book: Parker Looks Up

by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry; illustrated by Brittany Jackson
Children’s Picture Book • Farrar, Simon & Schuster • Published Oct. 15, 2019

PARKER LOOKS UP: A visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.

When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination.

Books Mentioned in Episode 130

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Thank You

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Until next time,

Nick Patton
visual storyteller and podcast host


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