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The MacFarland Corrigan Speaker Series

Author-in-Residence '23-'24: John Parra

Enfield: Tuesday, March 12

Erdenheim: Wednesday, March 13 

The EEHSP is proud to present The MacFarland Corrigan Speaker Series’ Author-in-Residence featuring John Parra!  Mr. Parra is an award-winning artist, illustrator, author, and educator, best known for his Latino themed children’s picture books.


Mr. Parra will be visiting Enfield on Tuesday, March 12th and Erdenheim on Wednesday, March 13th. He will meet with students during special presentations in the school libraries, where he will go into depth about his work and career as an author/illustrator. 


As his visit draws near, we would like to encourage our families to explore Mr. Parra’s work. Our librarians have gathered a list of some of his most notable books for students at both schools to consider reading and enjoying the illustrations of.


Selected titles from John Parra:

·      Spanish is the Language of My Family

·      Growing an Artist

·      Hey, Wall

·      Green is a Chili Pepper

·      Round is a Tortilla

·      Marvelous Cornelius

·      Little Libraries for Big Heroes

·      P is for Pinata

·      Frida Kahlo and Her Anamalitos

·      The Power of Her Pen


We have coordinated with the Debra Jansen at Booked in Chestnut Hill (8511 Germantown Ave.) to carry a supply of Mr. Parra's books! Or, you are free to purchase from any vendor of your choice or visit your local library.

If you have any questions please email MacFarland Corrigan Speaker Series Chair, James Hoppes at


Enfield Librarian, Nora Neumann:
Erdenheim Librarian, Judy Schultheis:

About the Author:

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. 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 NY to present a special event about his career and illustrations. His book, Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son, is his debut as both author and illustrator and has received numerous starred reviews and recognitions. John currently lives with his wife, Maria, in Queens, New York. More information can be found about Mr. Parra, his books and illustrations on his website

About The MacFarland Corrigan Speaker Series:

The EEHSP and the School District of Springfield Township have established the MacFarland Corrigan Speaker Series to remember the contributions of Debbie MacFarland Corrigan, who served as an educator in the district. The support for this series comes from the Debbie MacFarland Corrigan Memorial Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation. The EEHSP and District staff will use these funds to bring reputable speakers in the areas of fine arts, music, and literature to the students of the Enfield and Erdenheim Elementary Schools.

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