JOHN PARRA is an award winning illustrator, fine artist, designer, and educator, best known for his art illustrated Latino themed children’s books such as Waiting for the Biblioburro, Green is a Chile Pepper, and Gracias / Thanks. His books have earned starred reviews, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for illustration, ALA’s Pura Belpré Honor’s Award, and the International Latino Book Award for Best Children's Book Illustrations. He has taught illustration and regularly speaks at schools and literary conferences across the country advocating art and reading education. Recently John was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event about his work and career in art and illustration. He lives in Queens, New York.