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...
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!
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.
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!
My latest picture book is here! Please read Naptastophe! to any kid who doesn't like to nap. This story is based loosely on real events with my own daughter...except we aren't rabbits. Whenever my little girl refused a nap, I would proclaim, "This is a total naptastrophe!" Because then we would run errands, and things always went awry with so much overstimulation at every turn.
“Parents and children will recognize themselves and their own frustrations.” —School Library Journal
I hope that caregivers and children will enjoy reading this book and laughing together! Amazon just selected Naptastrophe! as one of their Best Books of the Month for baby- Age 2.
I'll be giving away some sets of picture books and some original artwork. Please see below to learn how you can win!
The greatest thing about being a published author over these past several years? Seeing my readers grow up. That ten-year-old girl on the left? She had a nursery themed after Punk Farm when she was a baby. (Yes, THAT Punk Farm nursery!) At the LA Times Festival of Books today, she brought a Platypus Police Squad book to be signed and her brother had a Jedi Academy book. It is always so nice to see the Sabi family, no matter what city they catch me in!
It's not every day that I get to speak to students in grades Kindergarten all the way through twelve. But man, I love these kinds of days! Thank you North Manchester, Indiana, for a great visit.
My visit to Pierceton Elementary was like walking into a real-life Pinterest board! So many creative little details. Thank you to the library and media team in the Learning Commons for making this happen!
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Now remember, if you are hosting an author visit, all that is ever hoped for is ENTHUSIASM—so don't start sweating it if you're thinking you need to come up with such a display.