For immediate release | May 3, 2013

Jarrett Krosoczka to speak at AASL Awards Luncheon during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Author, illustrator and school library advocate Jarrett Krosoczka will speak during the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) annual Awards Luncheon. The luncheon, a celebration of the best of the best in the school library profession, will be held Monday, July 1, during the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. More information on the luncheon and the 2013 award recipients is available at

The “ridiculous” biography on Krosockza’s website cautions readers “if Jarrett is visiting your school when the moon is at its fullest, check for slime around the library” because being a “were-slug” is Jarrett’s life burden. In reality, Krosockza is the award-winning author and illustrator of 18 published books—10 picture books and eight graphic novels. His “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series has twice won a Children's Choice Book Award in the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year category and it was also nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. In May 2013, Krosoczka’s first chapter book, “Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked,” will debut.

"I am excited that Jarrett Krosoczka will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 AASL Awards Luncheon,” said Ric Hasenyager, awards committee chair. “An award winner himself, Jarrett is a great supporter of the library and arts programs in our schools. He has not been shy to share his opinions about the vital role these programs play in the success of our students. Even more exciting is that Jarrett's personal story will resonate well with our award winners as he has worked hard to find success as he has overcome enormous challenges."

The AASL Awards Luncheon gives members a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of their colleagues. Through collaboration, leadership, national involvement, upholding the principles of the profession and innovative programming, each person or program being honored has made a significant contribution to the school library profession. The luncheon is a public acknowledgment and celebration of school librarians that have modeled excellence in the profession.

Luncheon tickets are $55 and must be purchased in advance. Immediately following the Awards Luncheon is the AASL President's Reception, providing the opportunity to meet and greet the AASL president, board members and other member leaders. To register for the luncheon and for more information about this and other AASL events at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


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