THE ART AND ILLUSTRATION OF JOHN PARRA
Blog: News & Updates
I’m honored to be part of this year’s Carle Honors Art Auction benefit. You can bid now on a John Parra original: FRIDA PAINTS IN BED (acrylic on illustration board) used in the award-winning picture book: FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS (2017) (written by Monica Brown). The auction features original works of art donated by some of the industry’s most celebrated picture book artists. Bidding opens online on Friday, August 30 and can be placed online in advance of the event, or in-real time at the Carle Honors onsite that night or via absentee bid, ending Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 sharp. All proceeds go to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Bid now or donate to support. www.carlemuseum.org/carlehonors2019Read More
Little Free Libraries is celebrating the upcoming release of the new children’s book, Little Libraries, Big Heroes, by giving away 100 copies! 50 lucky winners will get two copies each—one to keep and one to share. Contest runs through August 26, 2019. Click HERE, for more info and to enter!Read More
Growing up reading, Choose Your Own Adventure Books were a staple of my childhood. I would seek them out in my local library, mall bookstore, or personal collection. They had great titles such as: The Cave of Time, Journey Under the Sea, and By Balloon to the Sahara, Written in second person point of view, with the reader required to make plot choices throughout, the stories brought a fun, game-like adventure to reading. I often had multiple adventures within the same book. I also loved the art of Don Hedin (aka Paul Granger), one of the series main illustrators. I often thought what my own children’s books might look like as part of the CYOA universe. Well, wonder no more, with these for fun, mash-up / mock-ups, I created combining my own illustrated children’s picture books and treated with the classic CYOA design. Hope you enjoy! https://www.cyoa.com/
I am happy to be returning this Fall to participate at The Princeton Children’s Book Festival in Princeton, New Jersey. Celebrating with over 70 authors and illustrators in attendance, it’s a wonderful day of books, family activities, and fun.
See a preview for this year’s festival poster artwork I designed, on the summer issue of Princeton’s award-winning magazine, CONNECTIONS.
The event poster is based on my newly illustrated picture book titled: LITTLE LIBRARIES, BIG HEROES, with author Miranda Paul, coming this Sept 3rd.Read More