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11/8/16 - Thank you to Ella Chattanooga for their sweet review of my children’s book Gracias / Thanks. A wonderful reminder this Thanksgiving.

11/7/16 - Celebrating The Texas Library Association's Coloring Book launch, the newest initiative and fundraiser designed to support TLA’s Disaster Relief efforts. The coloring book features artwork from numerous award winning illustrators including: Joe Cepeda, Tomie DePaola, Carolyn Flores, Xavier Garza, Molly Idle, Yuyi Morales, Roxie Munro, John Parra, Dan Santat, Paul Zelinsky, among many others. Curated by Texas librarians, the coloring book will feature 42 pages of illustrator-sketched canvasses and fun that will appeal to all ages. The books are available for purchase HERE.

11/5/16 - Congratulations to Park View High School (Loudoun County, Virginia) and Loudon County Public Library!! Our innovative 'Journeys of My Life' project, in which the students wrote and illustrated bilingual children's books, just won the 2016 Achievement Award from National Association of Counties (NACo)!! The student writers and artists worked hard with such passion, diligence, creativity, and inspiration. What a wonderful and fitting honor for their work. Great job to all the staff, educators and public librarians involved in this project as well! Shout out to the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantors!

11/2/16 - This Friday, Nov. 4, I will be presenting at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference in Los Angeles. This event is the premiere gathering in the early learning community and will bring educators and professionals from all across the country and around the world to participate in hundreds of well-planned workshops, seminars, and presentations on the latest research and information on early childhood development. The conference includes many prominent and beloved authors and illustrators of children’s books in a celebration of children’s literacy. With a call for learning and inspired passion for educating our youth I hope to see you there. Look for me signing at the Book Vine Booth.

11/2/16 - SCBWI-IL will auction John Parra's FRIDA during the week following Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day 2016 to raise funds for SCBWI-Illinois’ Diversity Initiatives. Gifted by the artist and inspired by his upcoming picture book, Frida and Her Animalitos (written by Monica Brown, NorthSouth Books, 2017), we’re hoping that you will join us in promoting this auction. Participants can own this one-of-a-kind original while supporting diverse books and our members who create them!
Visit the FRIDA Auction to see the painting and for more information on how to place a bid.

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