Featured books by John Parra

Books illustrated by John Parra

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction

Featuring charming visuals and lively, often lyrical prose, this picture book introduces Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, interweaving biographical details while highlighting her special relationships with pets. Folk-art style illustrations vividly evoke the Mexican environment.

Gracias / Thanks

Gracias / Thanks

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From the sun that wakens him to the cricket that serenades him to sleep, a young boy gives thanks for the many kinds of friends who help him throughout the day. Pat Mora's reflection on gratitude is filled with kindness and humor, brought to life by John Parra's heartwarming illustrations. Pat concludes the book with an author's note about the things she for which she feels grateful. Bilingual text.

Green Is a Chile Pepper

Green Is a Chile Pepper

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

Colors introduce foods and more Mexico and other Spanish-speaking counties. Naïve style illustrations accompany bouncy rhymes that incorporate Spanish words; all colors appear in both Spanish and English.

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

By: Phil Bildner
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Biography, Nonfiction

Cornelius Washington was proud of his hometown, New Orleans. His job as a sanitation worker was important before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city but became even more important after when Cornelius worked with others to help restore it. Textured illustrations and a hope-filled narrative combine fact with fiction for a moving look at a catastrophic event.

My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral / Me llamo Gabriela: la vida de Gabriela Mistral

My Name Is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral / Me llamo Gabriela: la vida de Gabriela Mistral

By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Biography, Poetry, Nonfiction

"My name is Gabriela Mistral. It is a name I chose myself because I like the sound of it." With these words, Monica Brown introduces us to the Chilean poet and author who, in 1945, became the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The lyrical text and exquisite illustrations bring Gabriela's childhood and talent to life for young readers.

One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers

One Is a Piñata: A Book of Numbers

By: Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As in her other books, the author presents counting from one to ten (in numerals as well as Spanish and English words) in the context of a fiesta! Colorful illustrations and rhyming text create a dynamic book to share aloud and perhaps inspire a party!

Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Poetry

Circles, squares, triangles, ovals and stars are all around! The rhyming text incorporates Spanish words which are defined in illustrations reminiscent of folk art. A glossary of Spanish words concludes this engaging glimpse into Mexican culture.

Waiting for the Biblioburro

Waiting for the Biblioburro

By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Meet Ana, a young girl who loves to read. There aren't many books in her small Colombian village, though — until the day Ana meets the Biblioburro, a librarian who brings books through the mountains on the backs of two strong donkeys. Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, this story asks readers, "How far would you go for a book?"

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