Jarrett Krosoczka Author Visit

March 21, 2017

Pre-Order Books Now Through Feb 28th

Dear Wolcott Families,

We are now accepting book pre-orders for our visit with author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka. Jarrett Krosoczka will be visiting grades K-5 on March 21st. He will speak to grades K-5 about various topics including his childhood and how he creates his books.

Pre-order signed, personalized copies of his books now with the attached sheet which is due no later than February 28th. You can pay with check (payable to R.J. Julia Booksellers), credit card, or exact change.

Students may also bring in previously purchased copies of his books to be signed during the visit.

A very limited number of books will be available for purchase the day of the event.

Looking forward to this fantastic opportunity for Wolcott!

Thank you to everyone who contributed during the 2016 Wolcott Read-a-thon which is enabling us to host Jarrett Krosoczka!

Sarah Lynch

Wolcott School Library Media Specialist

Book Order Form

Due Feb. 28th. May pay with cash, check (payable to R.J. Julia Booksellers), or exact change.

About Jarrett Krosoczka

New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka was raised by his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Shirley, in Worcester, Massachusetts. A curious child, Jarrett drew often and feverishly. Joseph and Shirley recognized this in young Jarrett and supported his creative efforts, most notably through classes at the Worcester Art Museum. Jarrett’s innate ability to draw was handed down to him through his mother and in turn, his grandfather. Joseph, a self-made man, instilled in Jarrett the importance of hard work. This virtue, along with Jarrett’s wish to make a career from the gift he was given, drove him to succeed. In many ways, what he does for a living is only an extension of how he spent his school-day afternoons—drawing and dreaming.

First published at the age of twenty-three, Krosoczka has more than thirty published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class.

Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a finalist for the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. He has delivered two TED Talks, which have collectively accrued more than two million views online. Krosoczka has been featured on NPR and can be heard weekly on The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a show focusing on books, authors, and reading. His Punk Farm, Lunch Lady, and Platypus Police Squad series are all currently in development for film.

Realizing that his stories can inspire young readers beyond the page, Krosoczka founded School Lunch Hero Day, a national campaign that celebrates school lunch staff, and Platypus Police Reading Squad, a program in which police officers read aloud to children in schools and libraries. A consummate advocate for arts education, Krosoczka also established the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships, which fund art classes for underprivileged children, in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Krosoczka lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank. Learn more about Jarrett J. Krosoczka and his work at studioJJK.com.

Jarrett Krosoczka Author Visit

Tuesday, March 21st, 9am-3:30pm

71 Wolcott Road

West Hartford, CT