New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores. His most recent book, Hey, Kiddo (Oct 2018), is a graphic memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. Hey, Kiddo was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
First published at the age of twenty-three, Krosoczka has more than thirty published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class.
Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. He has delivered two TED Talks, which have collectively accrued more than two million views online. Krosoczka has been featured on NPR and can be heard weekly on The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a show focusing on books, authors, and reading. His Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Platypus Police Squad series are all currently in development for film. Jarrett holds honorary degrees from Southern New Hampshire University, and the Montserrat College of Art.
Realizing that his stories can inspire young readers beyond the page, Krosoczka founded School Lunch Hero Day, a national campaign that celebrates school lunch staff, and Platypus Police Reading Squad, a program in which police officers read aloud to children in schools and libraries. 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 wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.
Talks and Topics
Hey Kiddo: The Young Adult Graphic Memoir (teens and adults)
Fostering Growth Mindset (professional development)
Reaching the “Reluctant Reader” (professional development)
School Lunch Heroes (professional development)
Words and Pictures (all ages)
Punk Farm: Writing Picture Books (Pre-K - 2nd grade)
Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy: Writing Graphic Novels (2nd - 6th grade)
Workshops: Graphic Novels, Illustration, Young Writers
Check Jarrett’s Availability
Previous & Upcoming Events:
Sept 21, 2018: Library Resource Roundup - San Antonio, TX
Oct 6, 2018: North Atlantic Independent Bookseller’s Association - Minneapolis, MN
Oct 8, 2018: Hey, Kiddo Launch - Worcester Historical Museum
Oct 12, 2018: Mark Twain House - Hartford, CT
Oct 27, 2018: Texas Book Fest
Nov 3, 2018: YALSA - Salt Lake City, UT
In the News:
“2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Young People’s Literature” - The New Yorker (Sept 2018)
“A New Direction for Jarrett J. Krosoczka” - Publishers Weekly (July 2018)
“Jarrett Krosoczka: Sharing His Life in Words and Pictures” - Publishers Weekly (May 2018)
“How Can Mentors Turn An Uncertain Journey Into a Heroic One?” - NPR (Dec 2015)