Blog: News & Updates


By John Parra / October 18, 2019 / Comments Off on 10/18/19

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 / Comments Off on 10/3/19

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 / Comments Off on 9/15/19

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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By John Parra / September 12, 2019 / Comments Off on 9/13/19

Big THANKS to Librarian’s Quest for such a fun and detailed look at: Little Libraries, Big Heroes. Both Miranda Paul (author) and I contributed to the interview with some Q&As.

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By John Parra / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on 9/7/19

Hi everyone! I will be in New Jersey Saturday, Sept. 14th, reading and signing books at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival, from 10:30a-4p. This year I had the honor to create the festival’s poster image inspired by my recently illustrated book, Little Libraries, Big Heroes. The festival has an amazing list of 70+ authors and illustrators with books and family fun for all. For more details click here.

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By John Parra / September 5, 2019 / Comments Off on 9/4/19

Happy book birthday to: Little Libraries, Big Heroes! Order you copy now at: Amazon or Indiebound.

Little Libraries, Big Heroes
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By John Parra / September 3, 2019 / Comments Off on 9/3/19

In preparation for the release of: Little Libraries, Big Heroes, Sept 3, I had the pleasure to set up a NYC window display at Books Of Wonder with its own #LittleFreeLibrary

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By John Parra / August 30, 2019 / Comments Off on 8/29/19

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.

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By John Parra / August 21, 2019 / Comments Off on 8/21/19

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!

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By John Parra / August 9, 2019 / Comments Off on 8/9/19

Grateful to Applied Arts Magazine for including, HEY WALL: A Story of Art and Community, in their 2019 Illustration Awards Edition.

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