Jarrett Krosoczka’s TED Talk: How a boy became an artist

Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

We met Jarrett Krosoczka during our six-day Rock Stars of Reading road trip. While visiting his studio one afternoon, Jarrett introduced us to his creative process, passion for creating and taught our daughters how to paint. It was inspiring.

His career has really taken off. At the 22nd annual Children’s Illustration Show in 2011, Jarrett told us about new books and movie versions of his books starring Amy Poehler. And, today, he showed up in Mark’s TED Talks subscription in iTunes.

Jarrett’s talk is loaded with passion. It highlights the importance of imagination and creativity in life and surrounding yourself with people who help you pursue your imagination your way.

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Competition for The Captain: Lunch Lady

Friday, July 24, 2009.

Lunch Lady and the League of LibrariransAuthor: Jarrett Krosoczka (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jarrett Krosoczka
Published: 2009 Knopf (on JOMB)
ISBN: 9780375846847

Lunch Lady arrived this week and our young Jarrett fans were on these books “like cheese on macaroni”. Today Lucy (10) and Bayla (8) share their thoughts on the first two books in this zany graphic novel series.

For a behind the scenes glimpse at the making of Lunch Lady , check out our video interview with author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka:

More Jarrett on JOMB:

HOTLINE VOICES: An anonymous caller tells us why she loves My Friend Isabelle (by Eliza Woloson and Bryan Gough).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487, so we can include your audio in our show.

Rock Stars of Reading part 9: Digital Jarrett Krosoczka

Saturday, April 18, 2009.

Did you know that the first children’s picture books featured illustrations produced from wood engravings? Technology made way for lithographs and drum rollers and eventually computers which aren’t just part of the printing process — they figure prominently in the creative process.

Jarrett Krosoczka (on JOMB) shows us how he’s using his laptop computer for his new Lunch Lady graphic novel series, the first two editions of which will be available on July 28, 2009.


  • Theme: Woolly Mammoth by Robert Farrell (from Sun House Fury, part 1)
  • Bullet Drive by Robert Farrell (from When the Banks of the Mississippi Run Dry)

Rock Stars of Reading part 08: Jarrett Krosoczka

Thursday, April 16, 2009.

It was like picture-book-boot-camp.  We had an 8am workshop and our training officer, one Jarrett Krosoczka (on JOMB), didn’t waste any time.  After a quick introduction to his pug Ralph Macchio and his fantastic creative environment, Jarrett demonstrated his illustrating and painting technique.  Before long, Lucy and Bayla were rolling up their sleeves and trying out what they had just learned; prepping the illustration paper, mixing paint and shading to create three dimensions.  At the end of the whole process, we had an original Krosoczka/Ross-Blevis painting to bring home.

Oh yeah, it was when we finally arrived at Jarrett’s (after being coached to his place over the phone) that we decided we weren’t going to get lost en route to any more of our scheduled appointments.


  • Theme: Woolly Mammoth by Robert Farrell (from Sun House Fury, part 1)
  • PF on Tour Interlude performed by Punk Farm

Rock Stars of Reading part 7: Creators of the Round Table

Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

Mark spent two amazing hours at a table with Jeanne Birdsall (on JOMB), Jane Dyer, Jarrett Krosoczka (on JOMB) and David Ezra Stein, sharing a common love of children’s books and talking about how each found their way into writing and illustrating, children’s books vs. traditional publishing and what keeps them in an industry that isn’t known for generating a lot of wealth for the people in it.


Interview with Jarrett Krosoczka

Monday, October 1, 2007.

Jarrett KrosoczkaSomething incredible has happened in the last few years. The Internet has emerged as a powerful marketing tool and a way to connect with friends and followers. For the children’s book industry, one that has long relied on authors and illustrators to help promote their works, the accessibility and ease of online tools offers incredible opportunities to build a community around their books.

Jarrett Krosoczka is and appears to have always been energetic and driven. In his teenage years he spent several summers working at a camp for sick children (Hole in the Wall Gang Camp) and now, as a children’s book author and illustrator, is about to release his ninth book in six years. Punk Farm on Tour is the follow up to the popular book, Punk Farm, and Jarrett is taking full advantage of the Internet to create an entire culture around a fictitious band of farm animals — complete with a recording of their hit song “Old McDonald Had a Farm” and a video that documents his own book promotion tour.

Would you believe he’s even managed to squeeze in a wedding to his now-wife, Gina, on September 30th. Congratulations and best wishes to both of you.

In the creative spirit of Jarrett Krosoczka, Mark took out his safety scissors and his tub of kindergarten paste to put together a collage from their one hour conversation.

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Photo: StudioJJK


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