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January 31, Huntsville, AL- Learning Expo
February 5, 5:00 pm -Denver, CO- Denver Public Library
March 6, -New Orleans, LA- Read Across America
March 13, 7:00 pm -Richmond, VA- Chesterfield County Public Library
March 21, -Newport, RI- March Into Reading
March 28, 10:00 am -Northampton, MA- Meltdown!
April 25, -Newburyport, MA- Newburyport Book Festival
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Blog of author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Author of Punk Farm.
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I realize that some kids in my hometown may have a unique familial setup as I did, but whose caretakers may not have the resources to afford that tuition. I'm proud to continue to connect those kids with an arts education at the Worcester Art Museum with the 5th annual auction in support of the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships at the Worcester Art Museum.
Last weekend was just a stellar one! I'm still wrapping my mind around it.
On Saturday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Van Allsburg at the 92nd St Y. When the invite came in, I was already scheduled to be in California on that Friday to speak at the California School Nutrition Association's Conference. There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to moderate a conversation with one of my literary heroes—and at such an iconic location, too! I flew a red-eye and made it to NYC on time. After only five hours of sleep on the plane, I managed to lead and nagging conversation on Mr. Van Allsburg's life and work. Here is a photo taken by the very talented Mike Curato:
Check out more photos on Symphony Space's Facebook page here!
Here are a few of my favorite moments form the show:
When introducing First Book to the audience, I spoke of the importance, and power, of book ownership. To illustrate my point, I brought a copy of Stuart Little on stage with me. This copy belongs to my father-in-law, Greg. It's the very copy that his father once read to him. Greg has had Stuart Little on his bookshelf for nearly 60 years—it has served as a physical symbol of his father's love for him. Greg went on to be a wonderful family-man himself, and an engineer—Greg helped design airflow systems in jets. So the next time you adjust the air on your next flight, think of Stuart Little. *photo courtesy @symphonyspace *
Gina and I are ecstatic to help Odyssey Bookshop on Small Business Saturday! Come in for our book recommendations for holiday gift-giving. I'll be happy to sign any book that has my name on the spine. If you don't live nearby, you can even order autographed books online by following this link: http://www.odysseybks.com/jarrett-krosoczka
|See below to learn how this window display came together!|
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This is Austin, my studio assistant. For the past year, he's helped me keep my studio up and running—everything from mailings to website updates. Austin is the absolute best. Now he's helping me prepare the surfaces I'm using for the window display. (Canvases and foamcore board.) #JJKEssentialsWindow @essentialscolette
In college, our painting teachers would set up elaborate still lifes filled with white cloth. I'll never forget how bewildered I was to learn that there could be multiple colors found in white and that there could be warm and cold shades of white. I bring that lesson into my illustration work. Here, I am laying down a cold, blue white for an under layer of a character. #JJKEssentialsWindow @essentialscolette
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An Interactive Afternoon with Jarrett Krosoczka & Jef Czekaj
Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Attention Omahanians! "BAM! It's a Picture Book", the traveling graphic-novel exhibit featuring original Lunch Lady artwork and pieces by Raina Telgemeier, Lincoln Peirce, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Matthew Holm and Mark Crilley, has now opened at the Joslyn Art Museum. It will run through March 29, 2015.
I hope that you will be able to visit the exhibit!
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Did you dress up as one of my characters? I'd love to see photos if you are willing to share them, and if I'd love to post them to this blog if you are willing. Please email email@example.com. Thanks so much!
As you know, pumpkins are a HUGE deal in the Krosoczka house. Look at these fantastic creations that were sent in:
|Detective Rick Zengo of the Platypus Police Squad! Sent in by |
Purefoy Elementary in Frisco, Tx!
|Punk Farm! Created by Fisher Elementary in CT!|
|Shannon in Texas made this great Peanut Butter and Jellyfish pump||kin!|
Our Leadership Team came as "Lunch Ladies" by J.Krosoczka! @MILAPK8 @CMSAchiever @CharMeckSchools pic.twitter.com/OhhpCxU6iP
— Mountain Island (@MILAPK8) October 24, 2014
Graphic novel represent! Be good characters stay drug free #redribbonweek @jenniholm @StudioJJK pic.twitter.com/BUtNuNzmoH
— Kelly Hainlin (@KellyHainlin) October 31, 2014
@StudioJJK @librarianzee @KellyHainlin #LunchLady I'm ready for Halloween!!! pic.twitter.com/w4X7we1DKb
— Heidi Doyle (@hdidi17) October 31, 2014
Hey @StudioJJK, check out our Lower School Librarians's costume! @maretschool pic.twitter.com/p2IZWfhgZq
— sylvie shaffer (@sylvie_shaffer) October 31, 2014
@StudioJJK I gave a lot of lunch lady book talks today & won some new fans for the series! #KCSlms #gmapantherpride pic.twitter.com/2JH8OYd0HV
— Tommie Branscum (@girl_named_Tom) October 31, 2014
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If you have a reluctant reader at home or in your classroom, I hope that you will spend some time watching this video from the Library of Congress.
Here's the official description:
The Young Readers Center produced a symposium on reluctant readers, children who struggle with reading skills that can impede their ability to learn and their interest in books. The panel, moderated by Center for the Book director John Cole included pediatrician Trude Haecker, psychologist Claire Agard and author/illustrators Stephan Pastis and Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
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Every Halloween I post dozens of photos of our pumpkins. This year, this is all I will post. Why? Because this year our pumpkins are being professionally photographed for the October 2015 issue of FamilyFun! I'll be writing a feature article on how we paint and decorate our pumpkins. I'm proud to share some Krosoczka family traditions with this most excellent magazine!
Hey New Yorkers—I'll be at McNally Jackson on Thursday at 7 PM playing Pictionary with Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi, Sara Varon & Frank Cammuso!
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I'm heading back to Broadway! I hope that you'll join me in supporting First Book—Manhattan as celebrated actors read from the works of E.B. White!
Last year's event was magical, and this year will prove to be no different.
Tickets are available at: http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8497/Family-Literature/thalia-kids-book-club-terrific-tails-a-celebration-of-eb-white Add a Comment
I was planning a visit to the Midwest, and the hosting school librarian was hoping to share travel costs with a colleague at a neighboring school. That librarian excitedly ran to her principal's office with a copy of Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute in hand. As the story was relayed to me, the principal took one look at the book and said, "I spent my childhood with my face in the pages of comic books...when I should have been reading real books. So I am not going to have that man come to our school and promote comics."
I was heartbroken.
There are so many aspects of that sentiment that are just off. Glaringly, that the principal was failing to see that by her reading comics, she found a love of reading, and that love of reading led her to great things. (Unless, of course, her goal was to become superintendent and all of that time with Archie and Jughead had held her back...) But what makes me most sad is that her student body would never connect with my story of perseverance.
It is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, and what alarms me most is not the bans that make headlines, but the quiet book bans. As a creator of graphic novels, I hear so many stories of graphic novels being banned from a classroom because they're not considered "real books" or "real reading." When I hear that, my mind goes to the disservice adults are creating for their young readers. One story that I heard recently was of a fourth-grade teacher who banned comics from her classroom because kids were only reading them for entertainment. But isn't that what free reading is all about? Entertainment? Shouldn't we all be instilling a love of reading? I, for one, don't know where I'd be if it were not for the pages of a comic. It isn't just that I wouldn't be telling stories visually today, but I wouldn't be reading much of anything. Comics taught me that reading could be an escape, and a wonderfully joyous act.
Last week I travelled to our nation's capital to speak to a group of elementary-aged students at the Library of Congress. It was such an honor to have been welcomed to that hallowed space for a second time to talk about visual literacy. It says a lot that one of our nation's preeminent educational institution hosts graphic novelists in their programming. But meanwhile, back at home, my wife Gina was with our daughter at a local library. There, she met a mother who wanted her child to stop reading graphic novels because they were reading too many of them, and it's all that they checked out from the library. Gina gently explained to the mother that there were so many different kinds of comics, and that they offered a wide variety of stories. (Not every comic contains a fart joke...)
And this is how we will overcome these quiet bans—with gentle conversations. Reading is the key to a lifetime of success, and for so many young readers comics are just what they need to develop a love of reading.
I don't vilify that principal, or that fourth grade teacher, or that mother. In their hearts, they were/are doing what they believe to be best for the kids that they serve. I just think that their point-of-view is slightly misplaced. Perhaps you know somebody in your young reader's life that could benefit from a better understanding of how comics can help young readers.
Here are some great resources:
Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
National Council of Teachers of English
Understanding, Using and Defending GNs
The Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin
Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom
School Library Journal
Raising a Reader
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
*Check out great Freadom items on the ABFFE website here.
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Hey, D.C.-area friends—on Wednesday, September 17 at 10:30 AM, I will be at the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress. It will be a field trip for a local school, but the presentation is also open to the public. Book signing to follow at 11:30 AM.
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What an honor it was to help United Through Reading with their mission today. United Through Reading videotapes service men and women reading books to their children, and that DVD is then delivered to the child at home. United Through Reading has 200 stations worldwide—on ships deployed, in forward operating locations in places like Afghanistan. at military hospitals... I recorded PSAs about how important it is to read to your child—it creates such an important bond between parent and child. I'm lucky enough to read to my kids every night, and United Through Reading helps bridge the gap of separation for those who serve in our military. Learn more at unitedthroughreading.org
A shout out to Rachael Walker—a hero to literacy programs and general awesomeness. Rachael helped found Read Across America (and continues to consult with the program), she gave me key advice when School Lunch Hero Day was starting up and she works with publishers on creating educational materials for their books. If you're not using her Reading Rockets videos in your libraries and classrooms, you're really missing out. Rachael isn't one to want attention, but I am happy to give her plaudits, because she so deserves them. If you're ever looking for someone to consult on a reading initiative, create downloadable activities for an author website or a generous person in your life, look no further!Add a Comment
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