Author/Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka to Present at MB on May 3

Public Welcome

Moses Brown is pleased to welcome author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka – author of the Lunch Lady series and the National Book Award finalist, Hey, Kiddo – to campus on Tuesday, May 3, 6-7:00pm, to read and present in the Woodman Center. The presentation is part of a two-day visit that will see Jarrett working with students across campus. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing (books available at Books on the Square in advance and at the program).

Over his two-day visit, May 3rd and 4th, Jarrett will work with a number of groups across multiple divisions, working with students at all grade levels, kindergarten through grade 12.

He’ll work with senior English classes on Tuesday, May 3, discussing Hey, Kiddo and other graphic novels, as part of the English elective, ‘The Graphic Novel.’ Students read Hey, Kiddo in advance of Jarrett’s visit, as well as Persepolis and Fun Home. Jarrett is also presenting to the entire upper school, during which he’ll welcome questions from the audience, before meeting with lower school students. On Wednesday, May 4, he’ll return to campus to speak with middle school students. Eighth grade students also read Hey, Kiddo this year and many will remember JJK from a zoom session last year.

Moses Brown classes often collaborate across divisions and are doing so for Jarrett’s visit. Seniors in the upper school Graphic Novel elective are working with fifth graders in a graphic novel book group collaboration to get ready for this special author visit. Eighth graders are meeting with second and third graders to enjoy collaborative drawing games and read Jarrett’s Lunch Lady books together.

Jarrett is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator behind more than 40 books for young readers, including the wildly popular Lunch Lady novels, select volumes of the Star Wars: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist. He creates books with humor, heart, and deep respect for his young readers – qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores for two decades.

Jarrett is coming to MB via a grant received from the Friends Council on Education, brought about through the efforts of Anne Krive, middle school librarian; Maureen Nagle, middle school English; and Abby Phyfe, upper school English faculty and teacher of the senior Graphic Novel course. The three worked on the grant together to make this visit happen. Abby comments, “We designed his visit cross-divisionally, with a lot of collaborations and intentions to have kids reflect on how Hey, Kiddo in particular makes them think about the people in their own lives and how they have come to be the people they are.” After his visit, students will be doing final projects with this goal in mind.

In addition to his work in print, Jarrett co-produced, co-directed, and performed in the audiobook adaptation of his memoir, which garnered both Audie and Odyssey Awards. He has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air and has delivered three TED Talks, which have accrued millions of views online.

He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Learn more about Jarrett at his website or see one of his TED talks.