Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Bestselling Author/Illustrator
National Book Award Finalist
Travels from: Boston, MA

“Jarrett was WONDERFUL and I have heard praise from both parents and teachers, about his pacing, engagement, and the fact that he really understands kids!” – Redmond Elementary

​​​​​Jarrett J. Krosoczka, known since boyhood as “JJK,” is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator behind more than forty books for young readers, including his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores over the past twenty years.

In addition to his work in print, Krosoczka produced, directed, and performed in the full-cast audiobook adaptations of his graphic novels. The Hey, Kidoo audiobook garnered both Audie and Odyssey Awards for excellence in audiobook production. The Lunch Lady audiobook cast is led by Kate Flannery (The Office) and is rounded out by famed audiobook narrators and real kid actors! Krosoczka has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, has been profiled in The New York Times, was featured on Good Morning America, and has delivered three TED Talks, which have accrued millions of views online. Krosoczka has garnered millions of more views online via the tutorials he has produced for YouTube and TikTok. As well as working on his books’ film and television adaptions, Krosoczka has also written for The Snoopy Show (Apple TV+) and served as a consultant for Creative Galaxy (Prime Video), and appeared in live segments for the show.

Realizing that his books can inspire young readers beyond the page, Krosoczka founded School Lunch Hero Day, a national campaign celebrating school lunch staff. A consummate advocate for arts education, Krosoczka also established the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships, which fund art classes for underprivileged children in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Krosoczka lives in western Massachusetts with his spouse, their three children, pugs Ralph and Frank, and a French bulldog named Bella Carmella.

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At Last, Jedi (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #9)

Scholastic Inc. |
Middle Grade

Christina Starspeeder graduates in this 9th volume in the New York Times bestselling series Star Wars: Jedi Academy!

 

The epic conclusion to the Starspeeder saga in this 9th volume of Jedi Academy by Jarrett Krosoczka and Amy Ignatow!As told through a mix of comics, doodles, and journal entries, Christina Starspeeder takes us on a new adventure at the advanced Jedi Academy campus! There are unfamiliar faces and old ones too, but one thing remains the same: Jedi Academy is full of laughs and warm moments that fans and readers discovering the series for the first time will love.

Attack of the Furball (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #8)

Scholastic Inc. |
Middle Grade

The Christina Starspeeder saga continues in this laugh-out-loud epic froom author Amy Ignatow and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka in the New York Times bestselling series, Star Wars: Jedi Academy!

 

As told through a mix of comics, doodles, and journal entries, it’s a new year at Jedi Academy! Christina Starspeeder made it through her first year at the advanced Jedi Academy . . . Barely . . . And year two isn’t looking any easier! Christina still apprentices under Jedi Master Skia Ro while enduring the non-stop sass from droid Q-13. But this year, she has to balance her studies with constant travel, accompanying Skia Ro on non-stop trips to new worlds full of cool creatures. And those cool creatures are the start of all Christina’s problems this year.When working on the planet Cholganna, Christina falls in love with a baby nexu – a cat-like creature who’s fluffiness is impossible to resist. But when she sneaks the nexu – named “Fluffernut” – back into the dorms, Christina slowly begins to realize why it’s never a good idea to take wild animals for pets. Fluffernut begins growing and growing – she’ll eventually grow to be 14 feet long and 3 feet tall! Plus, she’s chewing up EVERYTHING in sight. And if that weren’t bad enough, a mysterious bounty hunter seems to be on her trail, trying to steal Fluffernut back. Can Christina escape this jam without getting thrown out of Jedi Academy? Or will this be the end of her Jedi Academy career?

Hey, Kiddo: A Graphic Novel

Graphix |
Young Adult

The powerful, unforgettable graphic memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents.

 

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what’s going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

Naptastrophe!

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

From the creator of Punk Farm and the acclaimed Lunch Lady graphic novel series comes a hilarious romp about one little girl’s insistence that she does NOT need a nap.

It’s a tale as old as time—naptime, that is.
Lucy is not tired, not tired, NOT tired.
She is not going to nap today.
Lucy is an expert at staying awake.
But when running errands with her dad, it’s suddenly way too LOUD. The lights in the store are way too bright.
It’s . . . a naptastrophe!

With vibrant, charming illustrations and a relatable main character, this hilarious story is the perfect reminder to parents and kids that you only miss out on the fun when you skip your nap!

Platypus Police Squad: Never Say Narwhal

Walden Pond Press, |
Middle Grade

From Jarrett J. Krosoczka comes Never Say Narwhal, the final installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Jarrett’s own Lunch Lady series.

Frank Pandini Jr. is the mayor of Kalamazoo City, and everyone is celebrating—everyone except for Zengo, O’Malley, and Cooper, who can’t seem to close a single case. To make matters worse, a mysterious hulking shadow has appeared in waters around KC. Could this spell the end for the Platypus Police Squad?

It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Lost balloons. Melted ice cream. Babysitters.

Life as a kid can be pretty daunting. But don’t let these troubles get you down. With the right attitude, a hurdle can become a hammock and an obstacle can become an opportunity!

Veteran picture book creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka teaches kids to look on the bright side of things. With lively illustrations and spot-on humor, It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon champions resilience and helps children navigate childhood indignities while making them laugh at the same time.

Punk Farm on Tour (Punk Farm Books)

Dragonfly Books |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

FARMER JOE IS heading off to a Tractor Society Conference in Reno. But meanwhile, back at the farm . . .

. . . Cow, Sheep, Pig, Goat, and Chicken are getting ready to rock across the U.S.A. as they set out on a Punk Farm tour! Only, their beat-up old tour van is threatening to ruin their plans. Can the wheels on the van go round and round all the way from Maine to Colorado?

This rollicking sequel to Punk Farm will have kids cheering along as their favorite rock star farm animals take the nation by storm!

Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing

Walden Pond Press, |
Middle Grade

From Jarrett J. Krosoczka comes Last Panda Standing, the third installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Jarrett’s own Lunch Lady series.

The Kalamazoo City mayoral race is heating up, and Frank Pandini Jr. has been threatened by a mysterious assailant. He requests a special Platypus Police Squad protection detail: Detective Rick Zengo. This leaves O’Malley to be partnered up with Jo Cooper, the newest detective on the force. Can Zengo get to the bottom of the attacks—without O’Malley backing him up?

Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy

Walden Pond Press, |
Middle Grade

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is back with The Ostrich Conspiracy, the second installment in a fast-paced, action-packed, and hilarious middle-grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Lunch Lady.

The opening of the Kalamazoo City Dome—the world’s largest indoor amusement complex—has everyone in the city buzzing, especially because it’s going to be the shooting site for Chase Mercy’s new blockbuster film. But that’s when things start to go haywire. Who would want to sabotage the Dome, and why? Detectives Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley are on the case!

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish are best of friends and swim up, down, around, and through their ocean home.
Crabby is their neighbor. He is not their best friend.
But when Crabby gets in trouble, will Peanut Butter and Jellyfish come to the rescue?
You bet they will!
From award-winning picture book creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, this is a funny and touching story of friendships old and new, and about being brave enough to apologize.

Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Lunch Lady and Betty have been unceremoniously cut from the school budget, and the timing couldn’t be worse—the villains from all nine of her previous adventures are worming their way back into Thompson Brook with a masterfully devious plan. Will the Breakfast Bunch still be able to count on Lunch Lady’s superhero gadgets and abilities to save the school, or are they on their own? Don’t miss Lunch Lady’s swashbuckling finale!

Annie Was Warned

Dragonfly Books |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Annie was warned to stay away from the creepy Mongomery mansion.

Did it have spiders?

Did it have bats?

Was it haunted?

Annie was warned . . . but Annie wasn’t scared. Or was she?

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked

Walden Pond Press, |
Middle Grade

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked is the first in a series of zany, action-packed middle grade mysteries featuring platypus police detectives Rick Zengo and Corey O’Malley.

When a call comes in about a crime down at the docks involving a missing schoolteacher and a duffle bag full of illegal fish, Zengo and O’Malley are going to have to learn to set their differences aside if they want to get to the bottom of this. Especially when the clues all point to Frank Pandini Jr., Kallamazoo’s first son and its most powerful, well-respected businessman.

Fans of Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s own Lunch Lady graphic novels will flip for Jarrett’s series of funny illustrated Platypus Police Squad middle grade novels!

Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain: Lunch Lady #9

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

The race is on for a new student council president, and the Breakfast Bunch is rallying for Hector! The competition is already heavy, but the race heats up when school security is at stake: student and staff high-tech gadgets are disappearing left and right. Whoever the culprit is, this is one stealthy thief—and the school is so busy with the election that he gets away with it every time. Luckily some of Lunch Lady’s own culinary gadgets have eluded the crook, but will they be enough to catch this sticky-fingered bandit? And will Hector be able to pull off a victory?

Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril: Lunch Lady #8

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

It’s picture day at Thompson Brook, but the students are plagued by a freak acne epidemic. While the Breakfast Bunch scrambles to put their best faces forward, their hifalutin photographer raises Lunch Lady’s eyebrows. She suspects the photographer may have an underhanded plan to break into the world of high fashion that puts the students in danger! Will Lunch Lady be able to storm the runway and stop the vogue rogue without blowing her cover?

Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes: Lunch Lady #7

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

The Breakfast Bunch have joined the mathletes team, and are all set to win the championship trophy for Thompson Brook Elementary School—they only need to beat the defending champs from Willowby Academy.  But Lunch Lady notices something strange about the opposing matheletes and their sinister coach. Will she and her sidekick Betty be able to sort out the suspicious competitors before they snatch victory away from the Breakfast Bunch?

Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco: Lunch Lady #6

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch are on a school field trip to a famous art museum. But while Lunch Lady is busy taking in all the culture, the kids have caught onto something strange—some of the artwork looks suspiciously fake! Now Dee, Hector, and Terrence are determined to get to the bottom of this conspiracy, but Lunch Lady is too awed to catch on.  Will she snap out of it and come to the rescue? Or will the Breakfast Bunch have to handle this operation alone?

Lunch Lady and the Bake Sale Bandit: Lunch Lady #5

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

The Breakfast Bunch is excited for the upcoming bake sale—and the best part is that it’s raising money for an awesome field trip.  But when all the snacks go missing, it’s no laughing matter.  Someone is sabotaging the bake sale.  But why?

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch are hot on the trail . . . one brownie crumb at a time.

Punk Farm (Punk Farm Books)

Dragonfly Books |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

After a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed.

But meanwhile, back at the barn . . .
Cow sets up her drums.
Pig plugs in his amp.
Goat tunes his bass.
Chicken sets up her keyboards.
And Sheep checks the microphone.

They are Punk Farm and tonight they’re ready to ROCK!

With adorable farm animals – and a surprise tribute to Old MacDonald – this rollicking tale is sure to have kids cheering–and singing–along.

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown: Lunch Lady #4

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch kids are looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation with no funny business. What evils could befall them at summer camp?

Of course, there is the legendary swamp monster. Stories say he haunts the camp at night. But that’s just a legend. Or is it?

Once again, Dee, Hector, and Terrence must help Lunch Lady prevail against a secret enemy!

Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta: Lunch Lady #3

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Dee, Terrence, and Hector are very excited about Author Visit Day. Lewis Scribson is the author of the famous Flippy Bunny books, and Hector is a huge fan! And it gets Dee and Terrence out of math class.

But something is a little off about this special guest. And Coach Birkby, the gym teacher, mysteriously disappears the day of his visit.

What evil designs does this world-famous writer have on his agenda? Lunch Lady’s going to get to the bottom of it, even if she has to kick some bunny butt!

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians: Lunch Lady #2

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Serving justice . . . and lunch!

Lunch Lady can sniff out something rotten like no one else—and there’s definitely something rotten going on in the library. The usually friendly librarians have become cold and secretive. Even Dee can’t seem to crack a smile out of them. What darkness may lurk in the hearts of librarians? Lunch Lady is on the case! And Hector, Terrence, and Dee are along for a wild ride!

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1

Knopf Books for Young Readers |
Middle Grade

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Serving justice . . . and lunch!

Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes—she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY!

Max for President

Dragonfly Books |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

Max thinks that he would like to be class president.

So does Kelly.

But there can only be one president!

Who will the class elect?

Full of laughs and suspense, Max for President is a lively story of good sportsmanship—and a great way for kids to learn a little about elections, too!

Baghead

Dragonfly Books |
Children’s

From the author of National Book Award finalist Hey, Kiddo.

From the author of Good Night, Monkey Boy, the hilarious tale of a haircut gone awry!
One day Josh had a big, brown bag idea: to wear a paper bag over his head. He thought it was a good idea. His mother did not. Neither did his bus driver, his teacher, or his soccer coach. What could Josh possibly be hiding?
A surprise ending will keep kids giggling–and from taking haircuts into their own hands!

Virtual Visits

Jarrett combines his extensive experience delivering multimedia presentations at in-person assemblies with the production value of his popular YouTube series Draw Every Day with JJK to create a one-of-a-kind distance learning experience:
1) We send pre-recorded lectures to the schools ahead of time, so that we can spend the entirety of the Zoom Webinar interacting.
2) Students are coming to Jarrett’s studio, so he can show them things that he would never carry with him during travel—original art, his childhood copy of The Mouse and the Motorcycle, even a dog or two!
3) When Jarrett gives drawing demonstrations, each student is there standing over his shoulder while he draws via his overhead camera.
4) These are super easy to schedule! We have scheduled every K-12 school in one district, and the presentations have been spread out over a few weeks at times that are convenient to the schools. Jarrett would never be able to travel back and forth like that!
5) We are happy to set up the Zoom Webinar or if your school uses another platform, Jarrett can meet you there!

Keynote Lectures

Jarrett combines his extensive experience delivering multimedia presentations at in-person assemblies with the production value of his popular YouTube series Draw Every Day with JJK to create a one-of-a-kind distance learning experience.

In Person School Visits

Jarrett is SO excited to get back out there to present IRL on your stage! Inspired by the setup for his online tutorials, Jarrett will spend the first 20-30 minutes of stage time delivering a traditional slide lecture and then 20-30 minutes of live drawing while simultaneously answering questions from audience members. Jarrett has crisscrossed the country dozens of times over, presenting to students in Pre-K through college. There is no size audience that he doesn’t love getting in front of. Jarrett will focus on different titles, depending on the age group. Every age level will be mesmerized by Jarrett’s live drawing while he fields their questions!

One Book One Community

Jarrett’s graphic memoir ​Hey, Kiddo has proven to be a very popular selection for One Book-One Region events. With so many titles for younger readers, his events have been perfect for organizers who want to reach the entire community!

JJK as MC

Jarrett is available to host your literary event! He keeps the event flowing, offering engaging and humorous commentary throughout. Check out the photos above for a look at some of the amazing events that he has served as MC for!

Fostering Growth Mindset (professional development)

Reaching the “Reluctant Reader” (professional development)

School Lunch Heroes (professional development)

The Power of School Libraries (Library/School Conferences)

Live Stage Reading of Hey, Kiddo

Jarrett’s TED Talks

Jarrett’s Podcasts

Learn Online with JJK!

JJK on NPR

How to Pronounce Krosoczka!!

Honors, Awards & Recognition

National Book Award, finalist 2018
Harvey Award, Book of the Year 2019
New England Book Award winner, 2019
Excellence in Graphic Literature Award, 2019
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, 2019
New York Times Notable Children’s Book
NPR’s Great Reads selection
Amazon Best Graphic Novel of the Year, 2018
LA Times Book Prize finalist, 2018
Cybils Award, Best YA Graphic Novel, 2018
Bluebonnet Master List, 2014
New York Public Library 100 Title for Reading and Sharing, 2013
Charlotte Award, 2012 – Nominee
Children’s Choices Book Awards, 2011 – Winner
Third  to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, 2010 – finalist
Children’s Choices Book Awards, 2010 – Winner
Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
North Dakota’s Flicker Tale, 2012 – Nominee
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices, (LL1, LL2, LL3), 2010
Junior Library Guild Selection, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2005
Kid’s Indie Next List from Kids Indie Booksellers, 2009
Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Best Books of 2009
Tennesse’s Volunteer State Award, 2008 – finalist
South Carolina Picture Book Award, 2007 – finalist
Abilene ISD Mockingbird Award, 2007- winner
The Texas Librarians Association 2X2 Master Reading List 2006
Child Magazine Best Books of the Year Award, 2005 – winner
ReadBoston’s Best Read Aloud Book of the Year Award 2006 – winner
The Wisconsin State Golden Archer Award , 2006 – winner
RISD Alumni Council Service and Leadership Award, 2005 – winner
The Missouri Building Block Award, 2005 – winner
Virginia Young Readers Award 2005, finalist
Michigan Library Association Mitten Award, 2005 – finalist
Nevada Young Readers Award 2004, finalist
Print Magazine’s Top  20 New Visual Artists Under 30, 2003
The IRA/CBC Children’s Choice Award, 2002, 2004 – winner

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