By John Parra / July 28, 2021 / 0 Comments

Art News! Today I am thrilled to share the cover reveal for my upcoming book: GROWING AN ARTIST: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son, along with a wonderful interview in Publisher’s Weekly written by Patricia J. Murphy. GROWING AN ARTIST marks my first as both author & illustrator, in a story that celebrates…

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By John Parra / July 16, 2021 / 0 Comments

Art News! We are NOT the MET Illustration Auction Today is the final day to bid on many wonderful original art pieces, created by top children’s book illustrators, including: Sophie Blackall, Mike Curato, Nick Bruel, Corinna Luyken, Jay Cooper, Lulu Delacre, Raul Gonzalez, and more. It is an honored to have been included with my…

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By John Parra / May 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

Art News! MTA ART CARD 2021 If you find yourself riding the rails of the NYC Subway you might spot a few NEW MTA Artcards. The MTA Arts & Design annually commissions three artists to create these elongated posters to showcase in subway lines for an entire year.I am happy to share with you “Birdhouse Subways” as one of this…

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By John Parra / May 20, 2021 / 0 Comments

Art News! Hello young artists and young artists at heart. Join me and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art #MetKids as we examine Making Portraits Personal, profiling the work behind my illustrated and award-winning children’s picture book, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, by author Monica Brown. Create your own self-portrait inspired art and send it to metkids@metmuseum.org for a chance to…

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By John Parra / April 23, 2021 / 0 Comments

Art News! Honored to have been selected for a 2021 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts Annual 62. With over 4K illustration entries and 128 winners were picked, including my work on the picture book, THE POWER OF HER PEN, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and published by Simon & Schuster. Thank you CA judges! https://www.commarts.com/project/32740/the-power-of-her-pen…

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By John Parra / October 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

Art News! I am thrilled to be included in the NY Society Of Illustrators: Original Art Show, for my work on: The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne. Thanks to the jury and congratulations to all the amazing picture book artists and illustrators! The show runs Oct.28 – Dec.…

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By John Parra / September 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

Art News! 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…

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By John Parra / August 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

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

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By John Parra / July 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

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…

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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…

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