Blog: News & Updates


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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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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