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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.
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