Thursday, July 30, 2015

First Book- Manhattan


If you like Dr. Seuss and enjoy supporting First Book - Manhattan, you may want to save the date for this December event. I am delighted to be returning to Symphony Space to host this celebration and fundraiser. There will a cavalcade of talented actors on hand to read from the works of Dr. Seuss—this is not to be missed!

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

I'll never forget the unexpected thrill I got when I first saw my last name on the spine of a published book. For whatever reason, I had anticipated seeing it on the cover and title page, but not the spine. It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon marks the 30th time I've experienced this—and seeing my family name printed on the spine of a book is as thrilling as ever! (And you'll be able to see for yourself on September 8th, when Balloon launches!)
My new life goal is to see that consonant-heavy name printed horizontally on the spine of a book!

Princeton Children's Book Festival

I'm incredibly honored to have created the artwork for the 2015 Princeton Children's Book Festival! It's their 10th anniversary, and I can't wait to join in on the festivities on September 19!

A Pleasant Surprise

Last night, my 10th grade English teacher, Mrs. Frances Fedor, surprised me at my presentation at the Walpole Public Library! I remember her class vividly, especially the big term project. Students were put into groups, and we needed to make a movie or play based on a book. My group chose Stephen King's Misery. Somehow I convinced my group to make an animated adaptation, everybody colored in the hundreds of drawings and supplied voices—it was a ton of work. (And you can find the movie at https://youtu.be/LfTAbv0iRPA) There's no doubt that project was a precursor to what I do now. 
Mrs. Fedor also chaperoned my senior year trip to Camp Sunshine. My work with the campers there, all families dealing with pediatric cancer, had a tremendous impact on my life. I can still feel the ripples from that week today! 
Oh, and I also happened to have a slide of The Picture of Dorian Gray in my slideshow—Mrs. Fedor's assigned summer reading in 1992. How appropriate!

Book Recommendations


If you were to put a Roald Dahl book and a Beverly Cleary book in a blender, you'd get Dory Fantasamagory. We LOVED reading this chapter book in my house. 
I recommended this book on my weekly segment on SiriusXM Kids Place Live. Listen for me every Tuesday at 8 and 10 AM. 
And find an archive of the books I talk about on air via the Pinterest. http://t.co/YhzqNTsLJB http://t.co/nVPchG61HN

Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Audiobook


Did you know that I recorded an audiobook of Peanut Butter and Jellyfish? Weston Woods & Scholastic Audio also made a spiffy animated adaptation. 
I just received my first review for my voiceover work. I'm used to getting taken to task for my words and pictures, but it was so surreal to read a review of my "acting." It was a really nice review!

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon Book Trailer


Here is the book trailer for It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon! 
Kids' problems can sometimes feel trivial to us, but when we get down to their level and watch that balloon float away...man, it is indeed tough. 
It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon will be on bookshelves everywhere on September 8th!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Punk Farm on Tour Paperback

Punk Farm on Tour is out in paperback!
Back when the book published in 2007, I launched a faux-social media site for the fans in the book.
It'll make you nostalgic for MySpace, and you can follow the other characters as they get to the concerts.

Pug Life

All dogs do this, right?  ‪#‎pugs‬


Ralph can't even.

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Totally Tardy Marty


PRO TIP: If the clothes on your floor don't smell, they're ready to wear! Sketch to finish for ‪#‎TotallyTardyMarty‬
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Watertown Free Public Library Summer Reading Kickoff



Watch this great piece that New England Cable News produced about the Watertown Free Public Library summer reading kickoff. 
I'm flattered by their words!


Totally Tardy Marty

Are you typically tardy, like Marty, or never late, like Kate?
Totally Tardy Marty is a story about hall monitors, big ideas and friendship. Written by Erica S. Perl, illustrated by me, and on bookshelves now!




Totally Tardy Marty and Never-Late Kate's friendship was brought to life through Erica S. Perl's words and a mix of traditional and digital media. Not to mention the superlative design work by Chad Beckerman, the editing skills of Susan Van Metre and everyone at Abrams!
I created the art for Totally Tardy Marty using paint, crayons, pens, my Surface Pro 3 and toast....


The manuscript for Erica S. Perl's Totally Tardy Marty included a dog for the main character, so I drew a pug.



Here is a sketch-to-finish animated gif: 



Best Book Friends

Lunch with wonderful people who make wonderful books! Grace Lin and Kelly Light are two of my BBFs (Best Book Friends).

Big Thanks!

Thank you to all who came out to Watertown Free Public Library for the summer reading kick-off! Thank you to the librarians for hosting me, and thanks to State Trooper Zengo, Officer McGrath and Officer Kelly for reading!


ALA


Sadly I'm not at ALA, but my books are!
Look for Totally Tardy Marty at ABRAMS Books booth 1022. Erica S. Perl is signing Sunday at 10 am!
It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon won't be out until Sept 8 but at ‪#‎alaac15‬you'll find it at Random House Children's Books booth 3001 ��



Summer Reading with Bowling Green Police Department!

Every Thursday this summer, members of Bowling Green Police Department are spending time listening to kids read at the public library.
Librarian Maria Simon created this series, inspired by resources we have for download here: http://www.walden.com/platypus-police-academy/
I'm humbled and honored by this. And to think — it all started with a children's book, Platypus Police Squad.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Free eBook — Thank You Wisconsin: The Punk Farm Sketchbooks

A free eBook in honor of Punk Farm's 10th anniversary and next month's paperback release of Punk Farm on Tour!

It will be a trip down memory lane as you dig through my archives.

Best viewed on a tablet.

Download Thank You, Wisconsin: The Punk Farm Sketchbooks here:
http://studiojjk.com/makingof.html

Durham, CT

See you in Durham, CT on Tuesday evening!
Jarrett Krosoczka, the author of the very popular LUNCH LADY series, is coming to the Durham Public Library! Tuesday, June 30th:
6:00—6:45 pm: Grades K-2
6:45 pm: Book Signing
7:30—8:15 pm: Grades 3-5.
To register, stop by the library or call 860-349-9544, ext. 1. Copies of Krosoczka’s books will be available for purchase. This program is sponsored by the Wanda Jacques-Gill Memorial Fund and the Durham Lions Club.http://www.durhamlibrary.org/jarrett-krosoczka-author-illu…/ Hope to see you at this exciting event!


Summer Reading Kick Off!

See you in Watertown, MA on Monday!
Where: Watertown Free Public Library
When: 3:30 PM
Children's Summer Reading Kick Off (with Jarrett J. Krosoczka!)

Totally Tardy Marty

Totally Tardy Marty, written by the talented Erica S. Perl and illustrated by me, will be on bookshelves July 7th! Abrams has a nifty preview of the book on their website: http://www.abramsbooks.com/…/Totally_Tardy_Marty-9781419716…
When I visit schools, I'm more Never Late Kate. But based on my track record in getting my OWN kid to school, I'm so Totally Tardy Marty.


Daughter's Drawing

Morning mermaid by my kiddo. Happy Summer!

New Author Photos

New author photos by the very talented Derek Fowles Photography!





Congratulations Dan!

Dan Santat is one of my very best friends in this kids' book biz, and I'm so very bummed about not getting to travel to ALA to watch him accept the Caldecott Medal for Beekle. To celebrate his big win, I painted this for him.
GO SANTAT!!!


New Addition!

Here is a photo of our pug puppy, Frankie, in our kids' diner playset.

He takes his coffee black.

Hope you have a great week!





Fathers Day

My kid is awesome. She traded in her tickets at the arcade to surprise me with these gifts for Father's Day.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day, JDK!


Every day shortly after 5 pm, the front door would open, and I knew that meant my grandfather was returning home from work. Joe's voice would bellow and fill the house, and I'd run with excitement to greet him in the front hallway. His hands were always stained with the grease from the machines he worked on in his shop, and he'd always lift my bangs to kiss me on the forehead. By example he taught me about the importance of hard work AND sitting together as a family for dinner — not to mention the importance of a good sense of humor. 

Happy Father's Day to JDK and all of the men out there fathering children!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Schedule!

Summer reading is upon us! I am honored and delighted to have created the art for the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Perhaps you may see one of these posters hanging at your local library? If you do, please give your librarians a high-five for me!

I'll be stopping by a few libraries in New England this summer for book readings. Perhaps we can high-five the librarians together?










June 29 
3:30 pm
Watertown, MA
Watertown Public Library

June 30
6:00 pm Grades K-2
6:45 pm Book Signing
7:30 pm Grades 3 +
Durham, CT
July 7
Always Tardy Marty hits bookshelves! Written by the talented Erica S. Perl and illustrated by yours truly! Ironically, 
this book is hitting bookshelves early. (It was originally slated for September.)



July 21
6:30 pm
Walpole, MA
Walpole Public Library

August 6
Chicopee, MA




I know you don't want to think of back-to-school season just yet, but... Looking ahead to fall, here is a look at some
of the events that are getting cooked up. There will be more events added for It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon, so stay
tuned for more info!

September 5
Washington, D.C.
The National Book Festival

September 8
It's Tough to Loose Your Balloon hits bookshelves! When this book publishes, it will be the 30th book with the name Krosoczka on the spine!


September 8
4 pm
Dedham, MA
Blue Bunny Bookshop

September 9
Knoxville, TN
Union Avenue Books

September 12
Amherst, MA
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

September 19
Princeton, NJ




A Fond Farewell

Our favorite bookseller from our local bookshop is taking a new job on the other coast. Hannah, you are just wonderful! You hosted great in-store events, and you schlepped books to Meltdown, to school book fairs—to our house even! You were like a magical book fairy/auntie to our kids, and Zoe hopes you won't take too long to return to the Pioneer Valley. In the meantime, see you at all of the BEA and ALAs!
And by the way, who wants to run the children's department at The Odyssey Bookshop? They're hiring...

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

So much of who I am is because of my time at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and I'm so glad to have been able to spend the day there today. Made some cartoons with some wonderful campers!

Sidewalk-chalk

It's sidewalk-chalk season!