Jarrett is so good at creating this joyous feel. There’s a really accessible sense of humor and earnestness, and a lot of action. But there’s an intelligence to [his books], too. He never writes down to kids. He takes real situations and plays with them brilliantly. Why shouldn’t the school lunch lady be fighting crime and saving the world with fishstick nunchucks in her spare time?
I feel incredibly fortunate that we were able to have a nationally renowned author like Jarrett Krosoczka share his inspiring story to all of our students and staff. His story is one our middle school students need to hear- how grit and determination helped him succeed, in spite of a complex childhood.
As we expected, Jarrett’s presentations were just what our community, both library and school communities, needed to hear. I knew that Jarrett was the “real deal” and exposing himself and his life through HEY, KIDDO expressed not only his vulnerability but the importance of seeing beyond one’s situation and understanding the whole person.
We were beyond thrilled in hosting Jarrett Krosoczka in our community! He was so easy to work with and such a joy to host. His community presentation was awesome and entertaining and perfect for all ages! At our middle school he focused his presentations on “Hey Kiddo” which were incredibly powerful. The feedback we’ve received from staff at the middle school and from the community has been overwhelmingly positive. He is such an amazing artist and storyteller, and we are so thankful he shared his story with Wisconsin Rapids!
Several teachers put in a lot of effort to incorporate either Lunch Ladies or Hey Kiddo, depending on the age, into their curriculum. Every single one was so gratified to see the result of their work — which was kids who now have the ability see themselves as authors and / or kids who felt they were being “seen” for the first time / being given an opportunity to validate and express the impact of trauma on their own lives for the first time, etc. At WAMS, families, young adults, teachers — all sorts of people showed up to meet him and ask him to sign their books. The District Attorney came personally to thank Jarrett for his work and for his impact on helping kids access literacy, imagination and in some cases, difficult truth.
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