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John Parra

Biography

John Parra

John Parra is an award winning illustrator, artist, educator, and designer.  He has worked with such clients as United Airlines, Jeep/Daimler Chrysler, Virgin Records, Entertainment One Music, PBS, National Geographic, Nino de Rivera Communications, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tricycle Press/Random House, Lee and Low Books, Chronicle Books, Sleeping Bear Press, Luna Rising/Cooper Square Publishing, SCBWI, The L.A. Weekly and Mpls/St.Paul Magazine.  His artwork has been showcased and displayed in numerous gallery shows and museum exhibitions in New York, California, Texas, Indiana, and throughout the United States.  Many of his fine art paintings now reside with private collectors.  He has taught and lectured art and illustration workshops at the primary school to the college and professional level.  He has also received honors and accolades from The American Library Association (ALA), The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, The New York’s Society of Illustrators, The Art Directors Club of New York, REFORMA, The Christophers, and Latino Literacy Now.

John’s artistic path began while growing up in Santa Barbara, California.  He spent his days exploring and drawing landscapes, wildlife, city and family.  His Hispanic roots and heritage provided a rich cultural palette of inspiring imagery and customs.  Mexican mural artists, folk style paintings, pop art designs, outsider art, cultural symbols, surrealist compositions, regional cuisine, music and dance costumes are all visual influences seen in his work.  Awarded a full scholarship, John went on to graduate from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Honors.

Now living in Queens, New York, with his wife Maria, John continues working in his studio, passionately creating art through his imagination and creativity.

John Parra

Books by John Parra

Written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong with illustrations by John Parra. - Children's, Fiction, Picture, Youth Fiction

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of colors all around them: red is spices and swirling skirts, yellow is masa, tortillas, and sweet corn cake. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child's day!

written by Phil Bildner, illustrator by John Parra - Children's, History

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. 

by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and John Parra - Children's, Culture

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!

Written by J. Patrick Lewis, Illustrated by Jim Burke, R. Gregory Christie, Tonya Engel, John Parra and Meilo So - Children's, Fiction, History, Poetry, Poetry Collection

These poems tell the stories of seventeen brave men and women who were willing to risk it all in achieve civil rights for everyone.

by Pat Mora and John Parra - Children's, Culture, Picture, Youth Fiction

In a series of poetic sentences, a young boy (biracial Mexican/Caucasian) tells about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful. Come share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say, ¡Gracias! Thanks!