New York Times-bestselling 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.
First published at the age of twenty-three, Krosoczka now has dozens of published books to his credit. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels, and story arcs in the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series. Krosoczka also shares his own story of growing up amongst family addiction in his young adult graphic memoir, Hey, Kiddo, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Krosoczka is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards in the Third-to-Fourth-Grade-Book-of-the-Year category 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 several times 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. Krosoczka has been a guest speaker in thousands of schools across the country, is a frequent guest lecturer at the Library of Congress, and was once even invited to share his story at the White House.
Realizing that his books 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.