Tucson Festival of Books

John Parra (he/him/his)


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John Parra is an award-winning artist, illustrator, author and educator, best known for his Latino-themed children's picture books. His work on "Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos" was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. His MTA poster, Birdhouse Subways, was displayed throughout NYC subways, and his art was seen on six U.S. Forever postage stamps titled "Delicioso." He regularly speaks as a visiting artist at schools and literary conferences across the country, advocating art and reading education and was also invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event about his career and illustrations. His new book, "Spanish is the Language of My Family," has received numerous starred reviews and recognitions. John currently lives in Queens, N.Y.

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Awards: Pura Belpré Award, New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year Award, The Christophers Award, SCBWI Golden Kite Award, and the Américas Award

Communities: Hispanic or Latinx


Scheduled events:
Illustrator Studio: Techniques for Acrylic Painting
John Parra will demonstrate the techniques he uses in creating acrylic paintings on gessoed illustration board and how to transfer a sketch to the board. His picturebooks include "Spanish is the Language of My Family," "Growing Up an Artist," and "Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos."

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: John Parra
Moderator: Ray Martens
Family Connections: Ties that Bind
Children find security, love, and meaning in family relationships that extend across place and time. Those relationships include cousins, grandparents, parents, and even the family car. Author/illustrators convey the ties that bind in words and images.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laurel Goodluck, Jonathan Nelson, S.D. Nelson, John Parra
Moderator: Julia López-Robertson
Cuentos for Kids: Presenting the Américas Award
The Américas Award was founded to “encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinx cultures in the United States.” Listen to a discussion between three storytellers who are Américas Award winners or honorees.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: David Bowles, Donna Higuera, John Parra
Moderator: Azucena Bravo

Books:
Spanish Is the Language of My Family
Children
Holiday House
July 2023
ISBN 9780823450046
40 pages
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Growing an Artist
The Story of a Landscaper and His Son
Children
Simon and Schuster
May 2022
ISBN 9781534469273
40 pages
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