The father-son relationship is one of the most important relationships a boy will ever have. It is a bridge of trust and love that will help shape a boy into a man. 👨‍👦👨🏽‍👦🏽👨🏿‍👦🏿

It is also one of the most complex relationships. Boys morph from being daddy’s sidekick to the man of the house and everything that comes with that transition for both. 🧍➡️ 🧍‍♂️

As parents, caregivers, and custodians of little ones, we have the responsibility to make sure that boys grow into the best version of themselves possible. 💜

And so, one of our fellow neighbors (a very familiar one) is here to help children connect with their creativity as early as possible, while also bringing fathers and sons closer together this Father’s Day and beyond. 👨‍🎨👨🏾‍🎨👨🏿‍🎨🤗💞

Award-winning artist and children’s author, John Parra, joins our John Masiulionis in-studio (at the North County Media Center in San Diego) for Episode #150 of PR From the Heart’s Children’s Book Spotlight Series to share the story of his childhood and the release of his new children’s book, Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son (published by Simon & Schuster), how his father inspired his journey to become an artist, how important it is to help children develop their creativity at a young age, how children’s books play a significant role in the emotional development and healing of our little ones, a look inside John’s recent Book Tour of San Diego and Los Angeles, plus much more. 🌼📖🎨

Illustrations from Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son are courtesy of John Parra and Simon & Schuster @ 2022

We encourage all of you to support John by purchasing your copy of Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son, and enjoying this empowering read with your little ones! 📖

PR From The Heart has grown and evolved over the years alongside John, and so we invite you to enjoy John’s four previous trolley stops on The Children’s Books Spotlight Series, where he talks about several of his other award-winning illustrated children’s books:

🎨 Episode #2:
🎨 Episode #27:
🎨Episode #49:
🎨 Episode #68:

🖥️ Stay connected with John online and on social media:
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Children’s Books Spotlight Series Episode #150: John Parra | Growing An Artist