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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.

9/22/16 - Saturday, Oct. 8th, I will be participating at the Warwick Children’s Book Festival in upstate New York, from 11a-4p. The event will have over 50 prominent and beloved authors and illustrators of children’s books in a celebration of children’s literacy. Come for the books, activities, and conversations and stay for Warwick’s charming shops, galleries, restaurants, apple orchards, farm markets, and of course Albert Wisner Public Library, named Best Small Library in America 2016.

9/21/16 - November Picture Book Month Champions coming soon! Check the schedule for your favorite authors and illustrators.

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