Latest updates from National Book Award finalist Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Summer 2021
YA Graphic Memoir
Scholastic Graphix

Origin Stories w JJK: a new web show


The first episode of Origin Stories w JJK will premiere on Thursday evening.
Raina Telgemeier's Comics
will be my first guest!
From PW:
Krosoczka decided on a 10-episode series, featuring artists like Raina Telgemeier, Jerry Craft, Raúl the Third, Gene Luen Yang, Mike Curato, Lucy Knisley, Maia Kobabe, Ngozi Ukazu, and Robin Ha, with each episode including a roughly 20-minute interview, then a 10-minute readers’ theater featuring the guest’s work. “This is longform, somewhere between Jimmy Fallon and Terry Gross,” Krosoczka said.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

After-school Clubs

 We are excited to offer a weekly comics clubs for kids and young adults!

Weekly fifty-minute meetings and tutorials from New York Times-bestselling author Jarrett J. Krosoczka! This program will run for eight sessions PLUS students will upload their comics and work to a Google Classroom in-between meetings so that Jarrett and peers can offer encouragement!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

USA Today + No Kid Hungry

I am thrilled to be joining USA Today on September 17th for a LIVE storytelling event to benefit No Kid Hungry. Learn how you can be in the virtual audience for this special event by clicking here!

Krosoczka will share his personal story with a national audience at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Sept. 17 as part of the Storytellers Project’s virtual show, “School Stories,” a benefit for No Kid Hungry. The Storytellers Project, part of the USA TODAY Network, produces shows in 20 cities across the United States, but pivoted to virtual shows in April because of stay-at-home orders.

Because of the pandemic, this year, one in four students are expected to face food insecurity, up from one in seven last year, according to No Kid Hungry. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

JJK's Creative Camp -- more dates added!

We had so much fun at today's creative camp over Zoom, that I have added sessions through the end of July! These are week-long sessions, cap at 50 participants, and are best for kids 8-12. (But don't fret if you'd like to sign up a young artist that is slightly younger or slightly older!) We also designated the July 13th week to be for 13-16-year-old creatives.

July6 - July 10, 1 pm ET

July 13-17, 4 pm ET 


July 20-24, 4 pm ET
NEXT STEPS FOR 8-12 YEAR-OLDS (this is a continuation for campers)

July 27-31, 4 pm ET

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

JJK's Creative Camp and Zoom Visits

I am excited to announce my new digital initiatives via Zoom! If you are a library, book club, or group that would like to host, please contact If you would like to register your own kiddo or yourself into a pre-planned event that I am running, please see the info below!
JJK's Creative Camp for 8-12 YOs (smaller roster—50 attendees) June 22-26 at 1 PM ET

HEY, KIDDO Book Club (teens and adults) June 23rd at 7 PM ET

Picture Books for Grown-Ups with JJK June 30th at 7PM ET

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Draw Every Day with JJK

As we find ourselves social distancing and learning from home, I am producing video content every single weekday for artists young and older than young. Draw Every Day with JJK will webcast at 2 pm ET on weekdays. Each lesson will build on one another, with each week having a set of lessons that can be viewed via dedicated playlists on my YouTube channel. So if you can't use in every weekday, you will have nearly two hours of educational and entertaining content to enjoy every weekend!

The above is a playlist of every single episode. You may find a dedicated page on my website here. Grown ups, there, you will also find information on how you can submit artwork to be featured in a future webcast. Thank you! And draw every day!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hey, Kiddo Spotting

Gina and I never miss an episode of CBS Sunday Morning (Even if we don’t get to watch on Sunday.) This week’s segment on migraines piqued our interest because Gina suffers from debilitating migraines. But then, we paused immediately at the sight of the book in the background... ‬

Goodnight, Ghostbusters!

‪Every night, my son gingerly puts his Ghostbusters to ni-nights, and I feel like the luckiest dad in the world. ‬

Hey, Kiddo in France

Happy publication day to Une touche de couleur: Comment j'ai perdu ma mère, trouvé mon père et fait face aux addictions de mes parents.
Thank you, Éditions Delcourt for publishing Hey, Kiddo in France!

Thanks, Clinton Middle School!

The entire middle school lined the hallways and greeted me while wearing T-shirts emblazoned with quotes from my books—all while the Star Wars theme blared. What an astounding way to start the day! ‬

That face you make when you walk in to your school visit and you’re blasted with the Star Wars theme and a few hundred cheering students lining the halls between the front door and the auditorium. ‬Thank you for that incredibly warm welcome, Clinton Middle School! 📸 by ‪@SarahGaetano1 ‬on Twitter.

Hey, Kiddo Live Reads

The Hey, Kiddo Live Reads informed the audiobook. ‬
‪And now the Hey, Kiddo audiobook is informing the Live Reads. ‬
‪Updating the show PowerPoint to include music created for the audiobook. ‬
(And I’ve also developed a way in which I can present this to communities with community members reading alongside me.)

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Hey, Kiddo LIVE

We are getting a majority of the Hey, Kiddo audiobook cast together to stage another Live & Unabridged reading on Feb 23rd at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. WHO’S IN?! 

Making of Punk Farm!

In case you missed the webcast on PUNK FARM! 

We're going to the Audies!

This is HUGE! The Oscars of audiobooks! HEY, KIDDO has two Audies nominations! I'm so fired up for the entire team who brought my graphic memoir to audio. We're a Young Adult Finalist and a Multi-Voiced Performance Finalist.
Time to get the kiddos fitted for tuxes and gowns!

Last week, we gathered the young cast of HEY, KIDDO to tell them about the Odyssey Award. We just told them that we’re also up for two Audie Awards!

Audiobook Behind-the-Scenes

Paul Gagne of Scholastic Audiobooks is the reason why HEY, KIDDO was put forward for an audio adaptation. We rolled up our sleeves together trying to figure out how to tell the visual story in an auditory way. I wish we had cameras following us the entire time because the story behind the story would have made for an incredible documentary filled with so many ups and downs and emotional breakthroughs—and ultimately an Odyssey Award win!
But I am grateful that author Lisa Yee took this behind-the-scenes video. (Did you know that she voiced the soap opera actress from Shirley’s “stories”?)

I sat down with Audiophile Magazine to chat about the process of adapting graphic literature for audio. From initial concept to Odyssey Award! Read more here!

Odyssey Award Excitement

I gathered the young cast of the Hey, Kiddo audiobook to watch the American Library Association Youth Media Awards press conference. Everyone got to be late for school. If you were in that audience applauding, it reached the ears of these young performers!

In related news:

Thinking about every librarian and classroom teacher who has ever made the case for comics. (And knowing we will all continue to push this format forward.)