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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.

11/1/16 - Thank you to Southgate Elementary School in Albany, NY for a welcoming and supurb Artist Visit. We had presentations and student art workshops with amazing experiences and fun for all. I am forever grateful!

10/21/16 - Waiting for the Biblioburro now has a Spanish-English bilingual edition, available this Nov. 1st. You can order the new bilingual version: Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el Biblioburro here. Also Thank You's go out to ELLA Chattanooga for their wonderful and whimsical Biblioburro review.

10/13/16 - Excited to be presenting at Parsons School of Design in NYC this Monday, Oct 17th, from 1:30-2:30pm. I will be sharing my artwork, background, and experiences for the children's book illustration class (Rm. 508) with the wonderful Pat Cummings.

9/23/16 - This week the United States Postal Service unveiled a select group of their upcoming 2017 postage stamps. I had the honor to create six Forever Stamps in a collection titled: Delicioso, with images celebrating the influence of Central and South American, Mexican and Caribbean food cuisine. Each stamp showcases a bright and playful illustration of one of the following dishes: tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno and ceviche.

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