THE ART AND ILLUSTRATION OF JOHN PARRA
Blog: News & Updates
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.
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!