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1. 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.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/pugsbyjjk


  

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2. TED@NYC recap

Earlier this week I had the great privilege of speaking at TED@NYC. 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 TED.com, 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 TED.com 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: http://blog.ted.com/2014/07/09/ted_at_nyc_2014/ . And check out some photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/sets/72157645630440234/!



Photo from TED@NYC Talent Search, July 8, 2014, Joe's Pub, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/14649792763/in/set-72157645630440234/
Photo from TED@NYC Talent Search, July 8, 2014, Joe's Pub, New York, NY. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/14443260818/in/set-72157645630440234/

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3. 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!

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4. 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! http://comicsaregreat.com/kcrawards_winners


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5. 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:

http://www.wicn.org/podcasts/audio/jarrett-j-krosoczka-peanut-butter-and-jellyfish-and-more

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6. 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! 

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7. 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!








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8. 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 yrc@loc.gov

See you there!

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9. 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! https://t.co/nRQxJi0SNN


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:

http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event/jarrett-j-krosoczka-platypus-police-squad-2-cambridge-public-library

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10. 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...)




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11. Check out the book trailer for Comics Squad: Recess!

Here is the book trailer for the new comics anthology that I edited with Jenni Holm and Matt Holm. We couldn't be prouder of this line up!


On bookshelves July 8th!



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12. People We Meet: Unforgettable Conversations

Honored doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about being included in this compilation. "People We Meet: Unforgettable Conversations" is a double-CD compilation curated by NPR's correspondents. It's on sale now, also available as download, and sales benefit National Public Radio.



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13. Vote in the Kids' Comics Revolution Awards!




I'm honored to have Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain up for a KCR Award in the Favorite Graphic Novel (Humor) category!

Last year, Lunch Lady was lucky enough to take home a few trophies, including Best Hair!

Kids! You can cast your votes right here: http://comicsaregreat.com/category/kidscomicsrevolution



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14. My favorite thing about Zita the Spacegirl is...

…that she is a girl who kicks alien-butt! We simply will never have enough female heroes in comics. It's something that our girls—and our boys—need to see. And bonus points that she has a realistic body and is modestly dressed.

Congratulations to Ben Hatke on The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, the final space-adventure comic for our heroine.

Here is a piece of fan art that I made of Zita. Go Ben!


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15. Info on my visits for the 2014-2015 School Year


Hi, everyone!

For many years, my wonderful wife, Gina, has very graciously handled all of the correspondence and logistics for my school visits. After much consideration, we decided that her time would be best spent focusing on our two daughters, because let me tell you—they sure keep her busy! Plus, the requests for my speaking engagements have been pouring in at a very high volume these past few years. Gina has loved working with all of you, and I appreciate all of the positive feedback that you've given her over the years. Moving forward, we've hired a great School Visit Coordinator in Sylvia Peterson. We found her through the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book, as she was working with their development team, and we couldn't be happier that we found her. She's top-notch! Sylvia can be reached at schoolvisits@studiojjk.com.

Photo by Strinni Studio Photography


Another reason why I am writing today is to tell you about how we are reconfiguring how we schedule my visits. In the past, I have accepted all invitations and went whenever a school needed me. While I have loved visiting every single school that has had me, but as you can imagine that has led to a very frantic schedule—for my writing, but more importantly for my family. Going forward, I will now be selecting one week per month that I can be away from home, with other slots left open for local visits. Below, you will find where I have a few visits locked down. If you are near one of these towns and would like to have me speak at your school, please do get in touch with Sylvia and she can help coordinate efforts for you to add on to these trips. For local visits, please contact Sylvia and she will be more than happy to find a time that may work. (I consider anything within a 2 hour driving distance from Northampton, MA as local.)






Please know that by the time that you write, Sylvia may already be working on some events that would fill in the below dates.

September
I will be in Little Rock, AR on September 11 & 12.
This would open my schedule for schools in that area on September 8-10.

October
I will be at the Tennessee School Library conference on October 24.
This would open my schedule for schools in that area on October 22 and 23.

November
I will be in Sacramento, CA on November 14.
This would open my schedule for schools in that area on November 10-14.

December
December 1-5 is wide open. 

January
I will be in Baltimore, MD on January 23.
This would open my schedule for schools in that area on January 19-22.

February
I will be in West Houston, TX on February 26-27.
This would open my schedule for schools in that area on February 24 & 25.

March
March 9-13 is open as of right now, but I do believe Sylvia may have an area lined up for this stretch.

May
I will be in Pittsburgh, PA on May 21.
This would open my schedule for schools in that area on May 20 & 22.

June
June 8-12 is wide open.


Thank you so much! I look forward to visiting with you and your students next school year!



Photo by Strinni Studio Photography




For more info on the programs that I offer, please visit www.studiojjk.com /schoolvisits.html

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16. Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy is on bookshelves!



Hope to see you at a book reading!


May 9, 4 PM- Dedham, MA- Blue Bunny Bookshop

May 12, Platypus Police Squad 2 Virtual Book Talk!

May 28, 5 PM- New York, NY- BookExpo, American Booksellers Foundation of Free Expression Auction

May 29,  9:30 AM - BookExpo signing for Platypus Police Squad 2

June 4, 4 PM Cambridge, MA- Platypus Police Squad 2 Launch Event- Cambridge Public Library (Book sales by Porter Square Books.)

June 5, 10 AM- Washington, D.C.- Library of Congress - "A Library of Congress Books and Beyond for Young People Program on Reluctant Readers"

July 15, Boston, MA- School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference- SNA ANC

July 16, Findlay, OH- Mazza Museum Summer Conference- Conference Information

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17. Thank you for making School Lunch Hero Day such a smashing success!


Thank you, everyone, for making School Lunch Hero Day such a spectacular success! In just about every state, kids celebrated their lunch staff and feted them with flowers, balloons and cards. Even governors, senators and the USDA got involved! A special thank you to the AASL, IRA, NEA, The Book It program and Family Fun magazine for all of the shout-outs. And a huge thank you to The School Nutrition Association and Random House Children's Books for being such great partners in the day, and to First Book for the book distribution to PG County Elementary in Maryland!

Check out a sampling of what happened by viewing the Twitter feed for #SchoolLunchHeroDay: http://twitter.com/search?q=%23SchoolLunchHeroDay&s=tyah

(I also retweeted many of the posts to my own Twitter feed — twitter.com/studiojjk)

Also, my trusty studio assistant, Austin, catalogued some photos on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/studiojjk/school-lunch-hero-day 

If you have more photos to add to the SLHD Pinterest board, please send them to me at props@studiojjk.com. Thanks!!

School Lunch Hero Day will always happen the first Friday of May. We'll do it up again on May 1, 2015!

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18. School Lunch Hero Day will be here on May 2nd!

Encourage good citizenship in your kids, and a sense of pride in your lunch staff on May 2nd!


One of the greatest privileges that I have had over the last several years has been meeting the "lunch ladies" at the various schools that I've visited. These folks work incredibly hard to provide our children with healthy meals on a daily basis, and so seldom get the credit and recognition that they deserve. My initial intention in creating the Lunch Lady graphic-novel series was to just draw a lunch lady fighting off robots with fish sticks-but it became so much more! Cafeteria workers nationwide have thanked me for creating a hero in their likeness, and I later learned just how much it meant to the original inspiration for the series, my childhood lunch ladies. 

Last year, I asked you to celebrate the lunch staff at your school, and it was simply amazing. We spread joy to countless cafeterias. I recently gave a talk at a district-wide meeting of School Nutrition Professionals in Indiana. One of the women approached me after the talk and told me, "You know what I got out of this? That I'm important."

I shudder at the thought of anyone thinking that they are unimportant. On May 2nd, I would love it if you would take time to say thank you in some way to the folks in your school's cafeteria. These hard-working people feed 32 million children every single day, and we should surely remind them just how important their good work is!

I encourage you to inspire your young ones to get their creativity going on a special project. Last year, kids came up with the most amazing ways to say thank you. (I catalogued many of them on Pinterest.) You can also download free School Lunch Hero Day thank-you cards on the dedicated website. (They come in both English and Spanish!) 


Thank you so much for your consideration!

Jarrett 

Download here!




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19. Meltdown 2014 takes place on Saturday, March 29th!



Gina and I are incredibly excited about the authors that we have lined up for Meltdown 2014! Bill Childs has an equally exciting musical lineup, which you can learn more about at http://wrsi.com/meltdown. But for those of you that come for the kid lit, you might want to get straight to the authors. Well, here you go!

It all goes down at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust St in Northampton, MA!



10:40 a.m. - Tanya Lee Stone!




11:40 a.m. - Bob Shea!



12:40 p.m. - Jarrett's Drawing Party!


Featuring Kelly Light and David Hyde Costello!


 


1:40 p.m. - Dave Roman!




2:40 p.m. - Raina Telgemier!








The book sales are put on by the fabulous Hannah at the Odyssey Bookshop. If you wanted to score some autographed books, but aren't able to make it, why not give the store a call at 1-800-540-7307!




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20. Voting for the Children's Book Choice Awards opens next week!

Get ready to vote for your favorite books at www.bookweekonline.com! Voting in the Children's Choice Book Awards opens on March 25th! I'm proud to serve as a champion of the awards and hope to help get out the vote! I'll also be serving as a presenter at the awards gala in May!


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21. The Power That Comes in Connecting a Local Bookstore to Your SchoolVisits


Many folks who read this blog most likely either host authors at their school or are themselves authors who visit schools. I wanted to point you to an article on the Publishers Weekly blog that was written about a recent school visit I had in Vermont. I'm pointing it out because I want everyone to remember how valuable a local bookstore can be to your school visits. Everyone wins when a local bookstore runs the book sales. As you'll see, they do a ton of work that the hosting school won't need to undertake—ordering stock, organizing orders, etc. For the author, it's a wonderful opportunity to get to know the booksellers in the communities they visit. (If you're lucky enough, you may even be asked to sign stock for the store.) And for the bookstores—it's a way to keep their cash registers ringing. And THAT is something that the entire community benefits from.


You can read that PW article here: http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/shelftalker/?p=12496.


In the article you'll be introduced to the folks at Flying Pig, a fantastic indie with fantastic people. Every town should have a great indie. Perhaps you have one closer than you think. Check out this search tool to find your closest bookstore:

http://www.indiebound.org/indie-store-finder


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22. I'm incredibly honored to be nominated for the Indie Champion Award!

Color me honored and completely blown away. I've been nominated for the Indie Champion Award alongside James Patterson, Richard Russo, Brandon Sanderson, David Sedaris and Jesmyn Ward.

I am just stunned. Thank you, American Booksellers Association! And thank you for all that you do for our communities every single day!

In a perfect world, this will end in a six-way tie.
http://www.bookweb.org/news/voting-opens-2014-indies-choiceeb-white-read-aloud-awards



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23. Listen up! Radio interviews with Meltdown Author/Artists!



MELTDOWN is happening THIS Saturday at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust St in Northampton, MA! All week long, Monte Belmonte of WRSI The River has been airing interviews he conducted with this year's authors. Listen to the conversations below and check the times that each author will be taking the stage!



10:40 a.m. - Tanya Lee Stone!


(And learn how Tanya dodges telemarketers!) 


11:40 a.m. - Bob Shea!


(And learn about the kind of telemarketers that hit up Bob!) 



12:40 p.m. - Jarrett's Drawing Party!



Featuring Kelly Light and David Hyde Costello!


 


1:40 p.m. - Dave Roman!


2:40 p.m. - Raina Telgemier!



(And learn about how Raina and Dave fell in love. Awwwww!) 




The book sales are put on by the fabulous Hannah at the Odyssey Bookshop. If you wanted to score some autographed books, but aren't able to make it, why not give the store a call at 1-800-540-7307!

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24. Peanut Butter & Jellyfish Book and Giclée Print Giveaway!




I am giving away three sets of prizes to three lucky folks who share the Peanut Butter and Jellyfish book trailer on Twitter, Facebook and/or Pinterest. You can enter the raffle below. You will earn raffle points for each share and you can enter every day through the book's publication on April 8th!

The three winners will each receive an autographed copy of the finished book and a giclée print of the book jacket. The giclée print is autographed and the main characters are drawn in the bottom border. The print was produced by R. Michelson Galleries of Northampton, MA!

Here is the direct link to the Peanut Butter and Jellyfish book trailer: http://youtu.be/9gZLKNcFzKk


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Peanut Butter and Jellyfish will be here on April 8th!

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25. Spring Book Tour Schedule







Hi, all! I'll be coming to a bookstore near you very soon! Time to gear up for summer reading!
:)
JJK


April 8, 4 PM- Portland, ME- Nonesuch Books- Nonesuch Books

April 10, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Virtual Storytime!

April 13, 1:55 PM- LA Times Festival of Books- LA Times Festival of Books, Children's Stage, Signing with Once Upon a Story immediately following and 3:15-4:15 pm Signing with Mrs Nelson's, Booth #720

April 15, 7 PM- San Diego, CA- Yellow Book Road Bookstore- Yellow Book Road

April 26, 2 PM- Amherst, MA- Eric Carle Museum of Picture Books- Eric Carle Museum

April 28, 4 PM - Madison, CT- RJ Julia Booksellers

May 2, School Lunch Hero Day 2014!

May 6- Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy publishes!

May 9, 4 PM- Dedham, MA- Blue Bunny Bookshop

May 12, Platypus Police Squad 2 Virtual Book Talk!

May 28, 5 PM- New York, NY- BookExpo, American Booksellers Foundation of Free Expression Auction

May 30,  9:30 AM - BookExpo signing for Platypus Police Squad 2

June 4, 4 PM Cambridge, MA- Platypus Police Squad 2 Launch Event- Cambridge Public Library

June 5, 10 AM- Washington, D.C.- Library of Congress - "A Library of Congress Books and Beyond for Young People Program on Reluctant Readers"

July 15, Boston, MA- School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference- SNA ANC

July 16, Findlay, OH- Mazza Museum Summer Conference- Conference Information

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