Blog: News & Updates


By John Parra / May 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

Art News!


If you find yourself riding the rails of the NYC Subway you might spot a few NEW MTA Artcards. The MTA Arts & Design annually commissions three artists to create these elongated posters to showcase in subway lines for an entire year.I am happy to share with you “Birdhouse Subways” as one of this year’s prints. The image captures New York’s style, quirkiness, energy, and fun, from a bird’s eye view. These feathered friends move about the city to the tune of their own birdsong, making themselves at home in and around the subway. Look for fellow Artcard artists: Vanessa Brantley-Newton and Cleonique Hilsaca, and their awesome artwork. Artcard prints available at the New York Transit Museum Store.

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By John Parra / May 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

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Hello young artists and young artists at heart. Join me and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art #MetKids as we examine Making Portraits Personal, profiling the work behind my illustrated and award-winning children’s picture book, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, by author Monica Brown. Create your own self-portrait inspired art and send it to for a chance to be featured on the Met Museum site. Happy drawing!

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By John Parra / April 23, 2021 / 0 Comments

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Honored to have been selected for a 2021 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts Annual 62. With over 4K illustration entries and 128 winners were picked, including my work on the picture book, THE POWER OF HER PEN, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and published by Simon & Schuster. Thank you CA judges! SimonKIDS

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By John Parra / October 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

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I am thrilled to be included in the NY Society Of Illustrators: Original Art Show, for my work on: The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne. Thanks to the jury and congratulations to all the amazing picture book artists and illustrators! The show runs Oct.28 – Dec. 30, 2020. Visit the Society’s website here:

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By John Parra / September 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

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I am thrilled to be participating in a group art exhibition titled: Anthology: Elly MacKay, John Parra, LeUyen Pham, and Victoria Kann, taking place at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, in Longwood, VA.  Anthology  highlights over 25 new, and recent favorites, pieces from four talented and respected children’s book illustrators and authors. In partnership with the Virginia Children’s Book Festival this exhibition features themes of belonging, community, and friendship.  On view 18 September — 3 January 2021.

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By John Parra / August 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

It was a pleasure to be interview by the wonderful and talented author Ruth Behar about illustrating the cover of her new book: LETTERS FROM CUBA, coming out Aug 25. Attached are some initial sketches and ideas for book. Read all about the process HERE

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By John Parra / July 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

Big News! The Wisconsin Center for the Book has selected LITTLE LIBRARIES, BIG HEROES to represent their home state at the 2020 Library of Congress, National Book Festival. The event is normally held in Washington, DC but will go virtual this Sept. 25-27. This honor belongs with some incredibly talented individuals. First and foremost, author Miranda Paul, for her superb story, Lynne Polvino at HMH/Clarion, Tony Bol, Margret Aldrich, and the late Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Libraries. A special thanks to all the LFL Stewards who have been providing free book access to kids and adults in their communities. I’m grateful to have illustrated such a special book.

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By John Parra / April 9, 2020 / 0 Comments

Join in the celebration with Every Child A Reader’s #BookWeek2020

As an annual tradition of Children’s Book Week, esteemed children’s book illustrators are chosen to create bookmarks which celebrate children’s books and reading. This year, in keeping with the theme of Read. Dream. Share., seven artists have contributed their beautiful and inspiring artwork. These six new 2020 bookmarks created by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the Fan Brothers, John Parra, Michaela Goade, Sydney Smith, Duncan Tonatiuh, are available to print and distribute to children, teens, and book lovers everywhere!

BONUS: Download this gorgeous 2020 Children’s Book Week poster designed by Carin Berger!

Read all about it in Publisher’s Weekly

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By John Parra / March 11, 2020 / 0 Comments

Wanting to share some good news: Little Free Library celebrates the 100,000th book-sharing box now unveiled at AAMA headquarters in Houston, TX! I am honored to have the library feature artwork from my book: LITTLE LIBRARIES, BIG HEROES written by Miranda Paul. As part of the celebration be sure to sign up for the LFL 100-library giveaway for sites that serve children!

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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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