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Parker was nominated, in the category of Outstanding Literary Work-Children, for her best-selling book, Parker Looks Up.


The painting of Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery stopped young Parker Curry in her tracks and now Parker and her mom penned a children’s book to inspire other kids to see endless possibilities. 

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"This experience speaks to Parker’s truth and literally to the first time she saw herself. There is just a profound awareness that transcends the everyday."


When a photo of Parker admiring Michelle Obama's portrait went viral, it inspired her to write a book.

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Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment receives NAACP Image Award nomination in the Outstanding Literary Work - Children's category

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Virality being what it is, Parker and her mother Jessica (the co-author) are currently doing a book tour for the resulting children's book, with younger sister Ava, baby brother Cash, and dad in tow.

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She remembers watching 2-year-old Parker looking up at Sherald's portrait of Obama and says Jackson's images bring "the magic of that moment back to life again."

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Remember Parker Curry, the little girl who caught the attention of Michelle Obama when she stood awestruck in front of the former first lady's portrait? Well now she's telling her story in a new book.


"After this we can officially refer to Parker as Michelle Obama’s mini-BFF."


Parker Curry first captured America’s attention when she stood mesmerized in front of the astonishing portrait of first lady Michelle Obama. Now, Parker and her mom are telling her story with their new children’s book, Parker Looks Up.

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"In the world we live in today, I'm just trying to raise a little girl who has opportunities to see women who look like her doing great things."

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"Obama reached out to her family and invited them to her Washington office for what turned into a dance party."


Michelle Obama shared that she had met Parker and included a picture with the little girl and a video of the two of them dancing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”


"Maybe color, gender and race will be insignificant when Parker is an adult — we’ll just all be individuals."


"Parker, I'm so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)! Keep on dreaming big for yourself...and maybe one day I'll proudly look up at a portrait of you."

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"The photo, taken Thursday, has been shared, liked, tweeted, retweeted and Instagrammed thousands of times around the world. Obama reacted with not one but three heart-eye emoji."

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Parker then told the daytime host that Obama was “her best friend,” only for DeGeneres to quip, “Yeah, remind her of that. She hasn’t called me lately.”


"Hey @MichelleObama! Parker, the little girl who loves your portrait, has an important message for you and we promised her we'd deliver it!"


"In further discussion with (Parker) yesterday and today, I realized that she believes Michelle Obama is a queen, and she wants to be a queen as well."

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"The little girl who met Michelle Obama after a photo of her staring at the former first lady's portrait went viral, sat down with CBS News' Chip Reid for a memorable interview."


"This shouldn't come as a surprise but Parker also requested a dance party with Amy Sherald and the portrait artist kindly obliged."