Books by John Parra

FRIDA KAHLO AND HER ANIMALITOS by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A supplemental rather than introductory book on the great artist. (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Frida Kahlo's strong affection for and identification with animals form the lens through which readers view her life and work in this picture-book biography. Read full book review >
MARVELOUS CORNELIUS by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fine tribute to an unsung African-American hero. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An almost-true story of a man who loved his job and did it well. Read full book review >
ROUND IS A TORTILLA by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Nevertheless, this book will teach readers about more than basic shapes thanks to both its use of Spanish words and the inclusion of Hispanic cultural elements. (glossary) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This charming concept book will engage readers and help them recognize shapes in everyday objects. Read full book review >
WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2011

"The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as 'quiquiriquí,' 'tacatac' and 'iii-aah' adding to the fun. (author's note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown's latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village. Read full book review >
GRACIAS/THANKS by Pat Mora
Kirkus Star
by Pat Mora, illustrated by John Parra, translated by Adriana Domínguez
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"For this graceful celebration, ¡gracias! (Picture book. 4-8)"
From "the sun that wakes me up so I don't sleep for years and years and grow a long, white beard" to the "old pajamas, so soft they feel like I'm putting on air" and "the cricket hiding when he serenades us to sleep," a little Latino boy says "¡gracias!" with sweetly ingenuous enthusiasm. Read full book review >