Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Sketch-a-Thon! this is the best ever. I love seeing this kid’s reaction! The Sketch-a-Thon was a HUGE success and we raised enough money to award over a dozen art courses at the Worcester Art Museum! We’ll do it again next year with even more special guests and we’ll also simulcast on YouTube. (Working on archiving this year’s Sketch-a-Thon on that platform now.)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The World's Greatest Book Return!

I have found the world’s greatest book return. Sorry, all other book returns.

Lunch Lady and the Perhaps Suspicious Character!

I am laughing right out loud. This is one of the funniest and most clever welcome signs a school has ever made for me. Zoom in to read the word bubbles. 


Thankful for cartoon balloons on tv, thankful for family memories old and new, and thankful for all of my readers. Hope you enjoyed this Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Concert Live Sketching

Drawing in the dark at the Seu Jorge concert. Such gorgeous music:

 Saw such a fun show—PIXIES with opening act Sunflower Bean. The next day, I was listening to both on loop in the studio:

Dicey Riley show at the Iron Horse:


School Visit Questions

I drew a picture of Loren Long at a school visit in October because he was there a few weeks before—and he got all of the kids to ask me questions about HIM!

KID: What is your favorite Loren Long book?
KID: Does Loren Long have any dogs at home?

I ended up calling my old pal and keeping him on speaker for the entire Q&A.


During a recent Q&A after a presentation...
KID: If you were stuck on a desert island with one of your characters from your books, which character would you choose.
ME: (thinking. thinking.....still thinking.) How long are we on this desert island for before we’re rescued?
KID: A year.
ME: (Looks at display of my books, attempting to find just the right answer. And then finally...) Betty. Because she would invent a coconut water purifier and other life-saving inventions.
I have never been asked that question before, it was very interesting. Which book character would you want to get stuck with?

At the drawing desk!

‪The view from here. ‬

Bozeman, Montana!

‪Book mobile + snow + mountains = the view from Bozeman Public Library.

I’m just amazed. Despite having had more than a foot of snow fall the night before, the Montanans turned up in full force for the book festival. It speaks volumes about both their love of literature and their complacency with inclement weather.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall Book Events

From Massachusetts to Montana —this is where you'll find me over the next few months. I'm excited to get out there and spend some time with my readers!

September 26
Worcester, MA — Worcester Public Library
3:30-4:30 pm

October 1

Columbus, OH — Cartoon Crossroads Columbus

October 5
Plainville, MA — An Unlikely Story
7:00 pm
An event for educators with Jeff Kinney, Jon Scieszka, Jack Gantos, Gene Luen Yang, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Moderated by Maria Salvadore.

October 19-20

Farmville, VA — Virginia Children's Book Festival

November 4

Bozeman, MT — Children's Festival of the Book

November 10
Osage Beach, MO — Missouri Early Learning Conference
This event is geared towards educators and requires registration.

November 12
Northampton, MA — R. Michelson Galleries Annual Illustration Show
4:00-6:00 pm

Monday, July 17, 2017

School's Out!

Rolling up to pick up the kids on the last day of school like....
🎶School's Out for Summer

Awesome People and Awesome Places!

I received one of the annual Trustees Awards at Forbes Library, here in Northampton, for my mural in the children's department. I was trying to fly under the radar about it, but then a bunch of my author pals showed up to cheer me on. I only mention it here so that you can know how awesome and wonderful my friends are. And they turned up not knowing I'd mention them in my presentation! The ceremony was in the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library, which is located on the top floor of the Forbes.

When you run into one of your kids' best pals at the airport and you have a suitcase filled with the yet-to-be-published Jedi Academy, this happens. This Star-Wars-obsessed kiddo got a last-minute carry-on item, making him the first non-Krosoczka kid to get a copy.

And sometimes, you go to a Green Day concert, you help this kid get on stage, he plays guitar with Billie Joe Armstrong, absolutely kills it, Billie Joe gives the kid the guitar, that video goes crazy viral and then you end up being the visiting author at that kid's school. 
Apparently, Grant went around school referring to me as "my boy Jarrett." How cool is this kid? Anyhow, I chose him as one of the volunteers to play the scribble game. I gave him the marker after the set...

‪What an awesome day at A2CAF!

Fan Mail

Catching up on fan mail. 
‪I might not be able to reply to every post, but I do reply to every letter that young readers send me. (I even include a bookmark.)‬


‪Beachgoers. ‬

That beautiful architecture of downtown Northampton, MA...

We found a dragon in the storm clouds.

It's Ben Hatke!

How much fun it was to spend the weekend with Ben Hatke and watch our daughters become friends. ‬If your kids haven't read the Zita the Spacegirl or the Mighty Jack graphic novels yet...get to your local library (or bookstore) ASAP!

Scholastic Reading Summit

A HUGE thank you to everyone who was there at the Scholastic Reading Summit in Houston! So nice to see old friends & make new ones. What an incredible day!

Monday, June 12, 2017


‪An impromptu coffee with Lisa Yee. We drew each other. ‬

My little girl, her new haircut and Wonder Woman Legos on a Sunday morning.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Awesome Artwork!

Check out this awesome robot that a student drew based on the cover of Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute!

Two Sleepy Pugs

Pugs sleeping on couches.

Comics Squad: Detention! Trailer

Here it is! The book trailer for COMICS SQUAD: DETENTION! On bookshelves everywhere on July 4th!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival

I designed the poster for the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival! (My kiddos drew the flowers.) This is a great, FREE comics fest for young comics creators and readers. Perhaps we'll see you in June?

I mean, holy moly, check out this lineup!

Different Kinds of Intelligence

During Q&A at a school visit, a student asked me if I was smart when I was a kid.
This question took me back some because I wondered where this might be coming from for this child. I've also never been asked this particular question before.
This is how I answered. I told him that everyone has intelligence and that there are different kinds of intelligence. Some people are really smart when it comes to science, some people are really smart when it comes to athleticism, some people are really smart when it comes to understanding behaviors and relationships. When I was a kid, I had artistic intelligence, but mathematics never came easily to me.
I hope that my answer helped this student recognize the intelligence within him.


This is what love looks like to an author. ‬

Monday, May 15, 2017

Questions from Readers

KID AT SCHOOL VISIT: Who controls the rights to a character after the author dies?
ME: *slowly backs out of room, maintaining eye contact*


KID AT LIBRARY: You said you'll be making books forever, so will you be writing books when you're in your grave?
ME: Hopefully I'll have enough in-progress work to be published posthumously.

KID: How old are you?
ME: I'm so old that when I was your age, it was the late 1900s.
KID: Then how are you still alive?

Seneca Falls Public Library

‪Thank you to this fine-looking crew who filled the Seneca Falls Public Library. A special shout to the family who drove three hours to see me. I'm honored‪!

School Lunch Hero Day 2017!

I had a GREAT time celebrating School Lunch Hero Day in Dorchester, MA, at Trotter School! I used to live just around the corner back when I started writing the Lunch Lady series. 

The students made incredible projects for their Lunch Mothers, as they are called at the school. All of the poems and letters were read aloud by the kids in both English and Spanish—it brought people to tears. 

I hope that you all enjoyed whooping it up at your school's cafeteria. Wherever you celebrated, we'll do it again on May 4, 2018!