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John Parra

John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, best known for his art illustrated, Latino themed, children’s picture books. For his work he has received many awards and accolades including: The American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honors, The Christopher’s Award, and The Golden Kite Award from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Parra’s original artwork has also been showcased and displayed in numerous gallery shows and museum exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad with many paintings now residing in private collections. He has taught art at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA and regularly speaks as a visiting artist at schools and literary conferences across the country, advocating art and reading education.


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