THE ART AND ILLUSTRATION OF JOHN PARRA
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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.
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
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.
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.
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 https://johnparraart.com/books/the-power-of-her-pen/
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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