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 23, Krosoczka has more than 30 published books to his credit, including 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.
Hey, Kiddo is a National Book Award Finalist that's a true story about how complicated the truth can be. In preschool, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery—Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents—two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.
Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father.
Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important graphic memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.
You can listen to presentations by Jarrett on his website.
Kentucky Humanities will accept applications beginning 8/1/19 to select two high schools to host Jarrett J. Krosoczka for a 45-55 minutes presentation to students. This presentation will be followed by a book signing. Each school will be provided with up to 150 free copies of his book to be provided to the students in attendance. Students will then have a chance to have their books signed following the presentation. Deadline for applications will be 8/23/19.
Applications will have the best chance for approval if the school will assure that a minimum of 125 students will attend the program. Points will be given to the schools that have a high level of free and reduced lunch. Additional points will be given to applications from schools with low test scores. Consideration will be given to all responses in the application. There is no limit on the number of students that can hear the presentation, but we cannot guarantee free books if the attendance is greater than 150.