Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year, an Eisner award nominee, and the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 books for young readers. His critically acclaimed graphic novel memoir Hey, Kiddo was a National Book Award Finalist. His work includes several picture books, select volumes of Star Wars: Jedi Academy, the Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of TED.com and have collectively accrued more than two million views online. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors, and reading. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.
Praise for Hey, Kiddo: A National Book Award FinalistDenver Public Library's Best & Brightest Books of 2019Booklist Editors' Choice - YouthCBC/ TeenReads.com Teen Choice AwardsALSC Notable Children's BooksIn the Margins *Recommended Nonfiction Book List and a Top Ten TitleAction Book Club SelectionsTLA Texas Topaz Reading List for NonfictionPA Young Reader's Choice MasterlistChildren's and Young Adult Bloggers Literacy Awards (The Cybils) - WinnerIndies Choice Best Young Adult FinalistEBSCO SEE-IT Award (Finalist)Ann Arbor Kids Read Comics Awards NomineeMaryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Master List)Oklahoma Sequoyah MasterlistThe story is a true reflection of the seesaw of life: There are moments of hardship and conflict, but also scenes of joy.-- The New York TimesA candid, emotional graphic memoir about life with a heroin-addicted mother and rough but loving grandparents. -- New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceInspiring...poignant and funny...A testament to the power of art and creativity -- and a chain-smoking grandfather -- to save your life. -- New York Times Book ReviewPowerful...Krosoczka movingly reveals the complicated origins of his humor and art. -- Washington PostDeeply heartfelt...Sure to have a profound impact on those who pick it up. -- Paste Magazine* Honest, important, and timely. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* A must-have, this book will empower readers. -- School Library Journal, starred review* This nuanced graphic memoir . . . tells a story of finding identity. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* Krosoczka has meticulously crafted a severely honest portrayal of addiction, resilient familial love, and the healing power of art... -- The Horn Book, starred review* Deeply vulnerable, moving. -- Booklist, starred review