Blog: News & Updates


By John Parra / February 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

I’m very proud and grateful to share this news… Publishers Weekly: Rights Report: Week of February 17, 2020. Sylvie Frank at S&S/Paula Wiseman has acquired, on exclusive submission, New York Times Best Illustrated Award winner John Parra’s untitled picture book debut as author-illustrator. Inspired by Parra’s childhood, it follows a boy as he accompanies his father, a landscape contractor, through his day on the job. Publication is scheduled for summer 2022. Adriana Dominguez and Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary represented Parra in the deal for world rights.

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By John Parra / February 12, 2020 / 0 Comments

Look for award-winning author Ruth Behar’s new middle-grade novel, LETTERS FROM CUBA coming this August on Penguin Random House. I’m so honored to have contributed the cover art illustration for this amazing and important book. To learn more about this story’s inspirational roots and the author’s family history and background, read Behar’s poignant article now posted at The Nerdy Book Club.

Letters From Cuba, by Ruth Behar
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By John Parra / January 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

Super proud to announce a BIG Happy Book Birthday for: The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel Payne, from renowned author Lesa Cline-Ransome and celebrated illustrator John Parra, that shares the inspiring story of Ethel Payne, a pioneering African American journalist known as the First Lady of the Black Press. Published by: Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

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By John Parra / January 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

In conjunction with The Brooklyn Public Library, I’m proud to announce my NEW art exhibition ¡Mil Gracias!: The Art and Illustration of John Parra, starting Sat. Jan. 11th through Apr. 13th at The Bklyn Central Library/Youth Wing:, The exhibit features over forty select original works from my picture book career, celebrating stories, important heroes, and Latino culture. Location: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY.

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By John Parra / December 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Wishing you all the joy, hope and wonder of the holidays!

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By John Parra / October 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

Wonderful to be heading to take part of The Highlights Foundation amazing weekend workshop of drawing and storytelling with this all-star cast: James Ransome, Anna Raff, Jerry Pinkney, Lucy Cummins, and me…John Parra. 

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By John Parra / October 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

It’s been an amazing past few days starting with the Eric Carle Honors, a trip to the MET, hanging out with family, Pizza at Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn, seeing Hamilton on Broadway, author/artist panel at Books Of Wonder, passing Robert De Niro on the street, and finally the Global Citizens concert in Central Park with Queen, Alicia Keys, HER, and more. So grateful!

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By John Parra / September 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

What a great interview with author Miranda Paul discussing our new picture book: Little Libraries, Big Heroes. at the Children’s Book Podcast, hosted by the always awesome Matthew Winner.

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By John Parra / September 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

Big THANKS to Librarian’s Quest for such a fun and detailed look at: Little Libraries, Big Heroes. Both Miranda Paul (author) and I contributed to the interview with some Q&As.

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By John Parra / September 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

Hi everyone! I will be in New Jersey Saturday, Sept. 14th, reading and signing books at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival, from 10:30a-4p. This year I had the honor to create the festival’s poster image inspired by my recently illustrated book, Little Libraries, Big Heroes. The festival has an amazing list of 70+ authors and illustrators with books and family fun for all. For more details click here.

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