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Jarrett J. Krosoczka on the Power of Imagination


“I use my imagination for my fulltime job. But well before my imagination was my vocation, my imagination saved my life.”

 Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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In a moving TED talk at Hampshire College last year, Jarrett J. Krosoczka traces the series of events that led to him becoming an author and illustrator of children’s books.

The child of a heroin-addicted single mother, Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents, who supported his creative ambitions by enrolling him in extracurricular art classes. When he was 14, they gave him the “best birthday present ever,” the drafting table on which he still works today.

Watch the clip above to learn more about what inspires Krosoczka, and look for his first chapter book, Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked, in stores May 7. You can see the book trailer here.