Hey Kiddo: Jarrett J. Krosoczka with special guest Jeanne Birdsall
October 14th, 2018

Sunday, October 14th from 4-6pm.

Join Jarrett J. Krosoczka as he reads from his graphic memoir—HEY, KIDDO. After the reading, Jarret will be joined on stage by National Book Award-winning author Jeanne Birdsall to discuss writing, children’s literature, and the saving power of creativity.

Book sales by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

★ “Honest, important, and timely.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “A must have, this book will empower readers.
—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “A nuanced graphic memoir…tells a story of identity.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “Krosoczka has meticulouslycrafted a severely honest portrayal of addiction, resilient familial love, and the healing power of art…”
—The Horn Book, starred review


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.