Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

About the Author

Parker Curry is three years old, and is a full-time Pre-K 3 student. She is precocious and talkative with a love for ballet and books. She lives with her mother, father, and younger sister in Washington, DC.

Jessica Curry is a New York Times published author, writer, work-at-home full-time mother to two little girls, Parker and Ava. Her blog, Happy Mama, Happy Babies—a motherhood and lifestyle blog that chronicles their adventures—has been mentioned in The Washington Post, The Grio, Heavy, Daily Mail (London), ESPN’s The Undefeated, and on the Emmy Award–winning talk show The Real by Tamera Mowry-Housley, further inspiring Jessica to share candid, honest moments and memories of Parker, Ava, and their family. She and her family live in Washington, DC.

Brittany Jackson (Bea for short) is an award-winning illustrator who attended the College for Creative Studies, and is the grand prize winner and returned alumni of L Ron Hubbard’s Illustrator of the Future Award of 2007. Bea has worked in freelance as a character and outfit designer for various social networking and gaming platforms for more than eight years, though she is most publicly known in publishing as the illustrator for the popular children’s book Hair Like Mine. She lives in Detroit, Michigan.

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

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Parker Curry and Jessica Curry; Illustrated by Brittany Jackson

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 with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth. The portrait captured Parker’s imagination. A nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, and it became an internet sensation.


In Parker Looks Up, Parker and her mother Jessica Curry tell the story of that extraordinary moment. The moving picture book follows Parker, her baby sister, and her mother—as well as her best friend Gia and Gia’s mother—as they walk the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone and everything from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker almost passes by Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama—but she stops and looks up! Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself in this powerful painting of Michelle Obama, and that everyday moment became an extraordinary one. As Jessica Curry puts it, “anything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender.”

  • Hardcover
  • 9 × 11 inches
  • 40 pages
  • Published 2019
  • Recommended for ages 4–8

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