4/26/13 - Paint Me A Story, is a group exhibition I will be participating in, of original art of Latino themed children's books taking place at the Broad Rock Library and Richmond Public Library in Virginia. The show is part of the Dia de los Libros/Ninos celebration. The show will include other great artwork illustration from Joe Cepeda and Lila Weaver, and the opening night reception will include a special introduction by wonderful young adult author Meg Medina on Friday, April 26th from 4 to 6pm.
4/25/13 - I wanted to share my article, April's Día Celebration, posted on the wonderful site MamiTalks and sponsored by Latinas for Latino Literature, for promote this months “El Día de los Niños / El Día de los Libros” (Children’s Day / Book Day). Also make sure to sign up your library for the big book give away listed at the end of the article:)
3/19/13 - I'm happy to announce my new children's book, Round is a Tortilla, is now available in stores and online. The book has already received a Star Award from School Library Journal and other wonderful reviews from Kirkus, Roundtable Reviews, Imagination Soup, and Readertotz.
3/15/13 - Today I was honored with a wonderful photo of civil rights activist, Sylvia Mendez, holding my original artwork of her portrait, seen in the children's book, When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders. To learn more about Sylvia and her important, historical and amazing life click here.
12/26/12 - When Thunder Comes, a wonderful new children's poetry book project I worked on, written in moving verse by Children’s Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis, is now available for purchase. The artwork for the book was a collaborative effort split between four other artists and myself. The book profiles seventeen civil rights luminaries from around the world, each represented in portraits, showcasing their struggle and dedication to justice, peace, and tolerance. Read the book's Starred Review from Booklist, a very nice review in Kirkus, and another Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, too!
12/12/12 - Check out all the updates on JohnParraArt.com: new illustration artwork, expanded store with books, prints, and original art, old/new updated postcards and more.