09/22/12 - John Parra: Storytelling & Book Signing Saturday 12 - 1pm @ La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 East 103rd St. NYC: Take a journey with artist John Parra as he shares his creative process and reads and from his select children’s books including: Gracias/Thanks, Waiting for the Biblioburro, P is for Piñata, and My Name is Gabriela.
08/11/12 - Come celebrate at La Casa Azul Bookstore in NYC for my show: Infinitas Gracias - Original Children's Book Art by John Parra, with artist reception & book signing, Saturday August 11, 5-7pm. I will be exhibiting over 20 original artwork illustrations from my award winning children's books, including original art from: Gracias/Thanks, Waiting for the Biblioburro, P is for Piñata, and My Name is Gabriela. Looking forward to seeing you there!
05/24/12 - My children's book, Waiting for the Biblioburro, with author Monica Brown, has been selected to receive The 2012 Christopher Award in the "Books for Young People" category at the 63rd annual Christopher Awards ceremony in New York City this spring. Since 1949, the Christopher Awards have annually saluted media (TV programming, feature films, books for adults and children) that "affirm the highest values of the human spirit." Their goal is to encourage artists to pursue excellence in creative arenas that have the potential to influence large audiences in a positive way.
03/28/12 - We welcome you to the National Latino Children's Literature Conference at the historic University of Alabama campus on March 29 - 30, 2012. The conference will be this Thursday and Friday all day with a special event at the Tuscaloosa Public Library on the evening of March 29th. Monica Brown and myself will present a joint keynote address titled: "Había Una Vez/Once Upon a Time: the Collaborative Vision and Journey between Author and Artist." Other confirmed award winning Latino author and illustrator speakers will be: Joe Cepeda, René Colato Laínez, Meg Medina, F. Isabel Campoy, Alma Flor Ada.
3/15/12 - In Gracias/Thanks related news, Pat Mora and myself both contributed background stories to Judy Bradbury's, The Read-Aloud Scaffold: Best Books to Enhance Content Area Curriculum, Grades Pre-K-3, about our experiences and thoughts creating our book Gracias/Thanks.