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?

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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