Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My latest TED Talk! "Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes"

I am delighted to announce that the talk that I gave at TED@NYC has been curated to the main page of! I'm pinching myself to have made it to the main page of TED again. Please take a moment to watch, and learn about how School Lunch Hero Day was formed and the heroes that it celebrates!

Happy Back-to-School Season!

All of my very best,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A painting of your pug!

 I like all dogs, but I'm really only interested in painting your pug. I've opened an Etsy shop called "Pugs by JJK" for the summer.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

TED@NYC recap

Earlier this week I had the great privilege of speaking at TED@NYC. (More than a thousand people applied, but only a little over twenty people were invited to speak.) All of the speakers were so incredibly inspiring, and I feel so fortunate to have met them. Some of the talks may go on to, other talks will land the speakers an invite to the big TED conference. It would be amazing if my talk on School Lunch Hero Day made it to so more people could hear my talk on gratitude. For the time being, I have no idea what the future will hold! But for now, you can read a recap of the evening on the TED blog here: 

Interesting fact: at TED@NYC each speaker was given a time cap for their talk that was, on average, five minutes. If you're wondering if that was a challenge, the answer would be yes. But it really helped me focus my message! 

You can find some great photos here:!

Photo from TED@NYC Talent Search, July 8, 2014, Joe's Pub, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED
Photo from TED@NYC Talent Search, July 8, 2014, Joe's Pub, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Friday, June 27, 2014

Great summer reading list by educator Mike Lewis!

Check out this fantastic summer reading list for middle grade by educator Mike Lewis  

Click here to download the PDF.

Nicely designed, too! I am honored to be included!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The winners of the Kids' Comics Revolution Awards have been announced!

Looking for a great list of kids' comics, approved by kids themselves? Check out who won the Kids' Comics Revolution Awards! I'm honored that Lunch Lady made the cut!

Monday, June 23, 2014

An interview on WICN in which I discuss all of my recent projects

I've known Mark Lynch since I was 14, when he was my teacher at the Worcester Art Museum. He's also had me on his radio show every year since 2001. Not many people know me as well as this guy. He had me by the WICN studios to record an episode of Inquiry. And you can listen to it here:

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Where I'll be at ALA! #alaac14

Hello, librarians of the world! I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas next weekend for the annual ALA conference!

This is where you'll find me on Saturday, June 28th:

  • 7:00—9:00AM, HarperCollins Breakfast
  • 10:00—11:00AM, Random House Signing
  • 11:30AM—12:00PM, HarperCollins Signing
  • 4:00—5:00PM, Random House, Comic Squad Signing

I'll also be at the Newbery/Caldecott banquet, so I'll look forward to seeing you at those festivities on Sunday as well! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Weston Woods will release an animated Peanut Butter and Jellyfish inthe spring of 2015!

I had a ridiculously awesome time recording the voice tracks for the animated Peanut Butter and Jellyfish today at Weston Woods! We spent time dissecting the psychologies of seahorses and jellyfish, and really went for it with Crabby's insults. Can't wait for you to see this in spring of 2015!

I also recorded some improvised lines for Crabby to be animated over the end credits. Check out an excerpt of the shenanigan's in Weston Woods' Facebook post!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Library of Congress symposium on the reluctant reader this Thursday!

I'm so thrilled to be traveling to Washington, D.C. on Thursday for a special symposium at the Library of Congress. 

Here is the info from the LOC website:
A Symposium on the Reluctant Reader with authors Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Stephan Pastis, and pediatrician Trude Haecker and school psychologist Claire Agar
Thursday, June 5, 10 a.m. – noon
Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building
Library of Congress
Open to the public but reservations required at

See you there!

PPS 2 launch event at the Cambridge Public Library—Wednesday at 4pm!

I hope to see Boston-area folks at the launch event for Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy this Wednesday!

4 PM at the Cambridge Public Library in the Curious George Room! 

I should mention that book sales will be by Porter Square Books. If you can't make it, but wanted a book signed, please do give them a call. Or order online here:

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Want to buy our house?

It has come to that time for our family to move into a bigger house as our family grows. (No, no third kid just yet...) So...looking to move to Northampton, MA? Want to buy our house?

It won't be on the market until June 10th, but if you want to make a jump on it, our realtor is Craig Della Penna and he is at 413-575-2277

We did everything to update this turn-of-the-century house to make it our home. We maintained all of the integrity of the original hard-wood detailing and floors, and updated electricity, plumbing, renovated the bathroom and kitchen to bring them to modern tastes and standards. Tile floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances—all top-notch. Also, we brought electricity, cable, telephone and the gas line to a one-car garage and transformed it into a working artist's studio/home office. 

3 bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 baths. We fenced in the large yard, added a storage shed. We are a 1/3 mile walk to downtown Florence (Miss Florence Diner!) and a 1/3 mile walk to Look Park. We're around the corner from the bike path. We're going to miss this place!

(And to our local pals, we are looking to love locally, you aren't getting rid of us!)

Also—two lavishly painted murals by yours truly in two of the bedrooms! 

There will be more photos of the interior soon, but in the meantime, this is the exterior. 

(This photo is for potential buyers, not potential stalkers. So potential stalkers, please look away...)