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Posts Tagged ‘Jarrett J. Krosoczka’

Writers Take On the Ice Bucket Challenge

Dan Santat, a children’s books author and illustrator, has completed the #IceBucketChallenge.

The video embedded above features Santat performing the activity in support of the ALS Association. Before dousing himself with the ice water, Santat requested two colleagues, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Jennifer L. Holm, and Sesame Street star Elmo follow in his footsteps.

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka On Finding Inspiration in a School Cafeteria

Where do you find inspiration? For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, his imagination was sparked during a nostalgic trip back to his old school cafeteria and a chance meeting with his lunch lady Jeannie.

In a talk delivered at TED@NYC, Krosoczka shared the story of how he conceived the Lunch Lady graphic novel series and launched School Lunch Hero Day. We’ve embedded the full presentation in the video above.

Last year, Krosoczka gave a heartwarming talk at TEDx Hampshire College about how writing and art saved his life in grade school. According to the TED blog, Krosoczka prepared this particular talk in less than 4 hours.

What Did You Write When You Were a Kid?

What kind of stories did you write when you were a kid? Kid’s author Jarrett J. Krosoczka gave a heartwarming TED presentation (video embedded above) about how writing and art saved his life in grade school.

Here’s an excerpt from the talk:

When I was in the third grade, a monumental event happened. An author visited our school, Jack Gantos. A published author of books came to talk to us about what he did for a living.And afterwards, we all went back to our classrooms and we drew our own renditions of his main character, Rotten Ralph. And suddenly the author appeared in our doorway, and I remember him sort of sauntering down the aisles, going from kid to kid looking at the desks, not saying a word. But he stopped next to my desk, and he tapped on my desk, and he said, ”Nice cat.” (Laughter) And he wandered away. Two words that made a colossal difference in my life. When I was in the third grade, I wrote a book for the first time, ”The Owl Who Thought He Was The Best Flyer.”

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TED Presentations from Writers

Do you need a boost of inspiration for the new year? We’ve compiled a list of five videos featuring writers who have given TED talks in 2012.

Our list includes The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve EnslerThe Fault in Our Stars novelist John Green, Lunch Lady graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka, The Girl with the Pearl Earring author Tracy Chevalier and Knopf book designer/writer Chip Kidd.

Back in 2010, Best Colleges Online created a list of “12 essential TED talks for writers.” Who do you nominate to speak at future TED conferences?

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Jeff Kinney Wins Author of the Year Award at 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards

Wimpy Kid series author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was crowned “Author of the Year” at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala in New York City. This marked the second year in a row that a middle grade author has emerged victorious in this category.

Follow this link to check out videos from last night’s gala. We’ve posted the full list of winners below.

Kids cast their votes for the awards, breaking last year’s record with more than 900,000 submissions. The Children’s Book Council hosted the event to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of Children’s Book Week.

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James Patterson Wins Author of the Year Award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards

logo.pngLast night the Children’s Book Council unveiled the winners of the Children’s Choice Book Awards. Young readers around the country cast 115,000 votes for the third annual award ceremony.

Little, Brown had a big night as James Patterson won author of the year for Max and Peter Brown won illustrator of the year for The Curious Garden. The other winners were…

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year: Lulu the Big Little Chick written and illustrated by Paulette Bogan (Bloomsbury USA)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year: Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf/Random House)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year: Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-fabulous Life written and illustrated by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)

Teen Choice Book of the Year: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)