John Parra

John Parra is an award winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner, which won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration. His other awards include the ALA Pura Belpré Honors, and the Christopher’s Award. Additionally his books have appeared on Bank Street’s and Smithsonian Magazine’s: Best Children’s Books of the Year lists. In 2015 John was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event about his work and career in art and illustration. Today his work can be seen at the U.S. Post Office on six new Forever Stamps titled: Delicioso, with art images celebrating Latino food cuisine. John’s most recent book, Hey Wall: A Story of Art and Community, with author Susan Verde, was released this past Fall 2018.

Most Recent Book
One Is a Piñata book


picture Books

One Is a Piñata book
culture · rhyming · counting · numbers
One Is a Piñata
Hey, Wall book
community · art · change
Hey, Wall
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos book
pets · Mexico · art
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
Green Is a Chile Pepper book
colors · spanish · Mexico · community · art
Green Is a Chile Pepper
Marvelous Cornelius book
storms · community
Marvelous Cornelius
Round Is a Tortilla book
shapes · spanish · Mexico · food
Round Is a Tortilla
Waiting for the BiblioBurro book
books · travel · library
Waiting for the BiblioBurro
spanish · gratitude
Gracias / Thanks
spanish · poetry
Me Llamo Gabriela


Phil Bildner
Susan Verde
Monica Brown
Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Pat Mora
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