A warm welcome to our newest Full Circle client, award-winning illustrator John Parra!
John Parra is an illustrator, fine artist, designer, and educator, best known for his award-winning children’s books, including Green Is a Chile Pepper (written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, Chronicle Books), Waiting for the Biblioburro (written by Monica Brown, Random House), and Gracias/Thanks (written by Pat Mora, Lee & Low). He has received many awards and honors including two Pura Belpré Honors for Illustration from the American Library Association, The Américas Award Commended Title, The SCBWI Golden Kite Award, and The Christopher Award, among many others.
His forthcoming book, Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans (written by Phil Bildner, Chronicle Books) will be published in summer 2015 coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In June 2015, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will present a special storytime event about his work in art and illustration. John will be honored at the Pura Belpré Celebracion at the ALA 2015 Conference in San Francisco.
Visit in the studio with John Parra in this wonderful interview by fellow FCL artist Lila Quintero Weaver for Latin@s in Kids Lit, here.
Visit John on the web and view his Portfolios, here.
John Parra Recent Awards and Honors:
· 2015 Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration for Green Is a Chile Pepper written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
· 2015 Notable Children's Book Award by the American Library Association for Green Is a Chile Pepper written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
· 2014 International Latino Book Awards: Green Is a Chile Pepper written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and Round Is a Tortilla written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
· 2012 The Christopher Award for Best Books for Young People for Waiting for the Biblioburro written by Monica Brown
· 2010 - The Golden Kite Award by the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for Gracias/Thanks written by Pat Mora
· 2010 Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration for Gracias/ Thanks written by Pat Mora