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SCBWI-IL Auction: John Parra’s FRIDA

FINAL Bid: $700 USD

To our Anonymous Bidder: Our Region cannot begin to express our thanks for your additional donation of $300 to make your total contribution to our Diversity Initiatives $1000. Your support of Diverse Books and our members who create them will ultimately reach readers everywhere and inspire them for generations to come.


Thanks to all who participated for your overwhelming generosity!

Thanks to all who offered their ongoing support in so many ways.


Please bid generously from Sunday, November 6th through Saturday, November 12th! #FRIDAauction2016: CLOSED

Gifted by the artist and inspired by his upcoming picture book, Frida and Her Animalitos (written by Monica Brown, NorthSouth Books, 2017), John Parra's FRIDA will be auctioned during the week following Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day 2016 to raise funds for SCBWI-Illinois’ ongoing diversity initiatives. Parra created this original painting (9-5/8" x 9-5/8", acrylic on illustration board, unframed; seen here on black background) using his trademark masking technique for his craft demonstration during the 2016 SCBWI Los Angeles Conference.

By placing YOUR bid, you can:

Own this one-of-a-kind original

while supporting Diverse Books

and our Members who create them!


To place your bid in increments of $5 USD or more:

Bidding will commence at 12PM CST on Sunday, November 6, 2016 with an opening bid of $50 USD.

1. Email with your generous bid in USD.

2. Bids will be updated at the top of this page between 8AM and 5PM CST.

2. All bidders will be kept confidential until the final, winning bidder.

3. Final bids must be placed before 12PM CST on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

4. Winning bidder and proceeds raised will be announced on this page on Monday, November 14, 2016.

5. Proceeds will go towards ongoing SCBWI-IL Diversity Initiatives


  SCBWI-Illinois is grateful to John Parra for gifting FRIDA to our Chapter.

John Parra – Artist Biography

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. For his books he has received many awards and honors including: The American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honors, The Christopher’s Award, and the Golden Kite Award from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. His illustration clients have included: United Airlines, The United States Postal Service, Hitachi Data Systems, Jeep/DaimlerChrysler, National Geographic, PBS, El Museo del Barrio, Boston Children’s Hospital, Chronicle Books, Penguin Random House, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Lee & Low Books, SCBWI, Santa Clara Magazine, Virgin Records and many more. Parra’s original artwork has also been showcased and displayed in numerous gallery shows and museum exhibitions in New York, California, and throughout the United States and abroad. Many of his fine art paintings now reside with private collectors. He has taught art at the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, California and regularly speaks as a visiting artist at primary schools, college universities, and literary conferences across the country advocating art and reading education. John’s artistic path began while growing up in Santa Barbara, California. He spent his days exploring and drawing landscapes, wildlife, city, and family. His Hispanic roots and heritage provided a rich cultural palette of inspiring imagery and customs. Mexican mural artists, folk style paintings, pop art, surrealism, outsider art, regional cuisine, music and dance costumes are all visual influences seen in his work. As his artist journey developed John went on to graduate from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Now living in Queens NY, with his wife Maria, John continues working in his studio, passionately creating art through his imagination and creativity. Last year he was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to present a special event and workshop about his work and career. He recently received his second Golden Kite Award in illustration from SCBWI for his children’s book, Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans, and next year John’s art will be seen on six new Forever Postal Stamps from USPS titled: Delicioso, with art images celebrating Latino food cuisine. For more information and artwork visit John’s website at:

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Visit John Parra's webpage for more about the artist and his work.

SCBWI-IL thanks the Home Office and International Regional Teams and Chapters for their support!

Questions?: Email Deborah Topolski, SCBWI-Illinois Co-Regional Advisor