COVER REVEAL: Nat the Cat Takes a Bath

If you’ve been following along, you know that, in January, I’ll be launching my first early reader series as part of Simon & Schuster’s Ready-to-Read line. I’ve already shared the cover of the series’ first book, Nat the Cat Takes a Nap, and yesterday, I got to share the cover of the second, Nat the Cat Takes a Bath. Check it out!

Nat’s first adventure, Nat the Cat Takes a Nap, hits shelves on January 17th, 2023, and this second installment of the series comes out just three and a half months later, on May 2nd, 2023! You can learn more about each of the books below. Preorders, as always, are HUGELY appreciated — they are one of the best ways to support creators and their work. Also as always: copies preordered and/or purchased from my local indie, the Silver Unicorn, will be signed. Click HERE to check out my page at the Silver Unicorn’s online shop.

~ Jarrett

Nat the Cat Takes a Nap

From Jarrett Lerner, the powerhouse creator behind the EngiNerds, Geeger the Robot, and Hunger Heroes series, comes a hilarious new Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read series about a grumpy cat and a long-suffering narrator!

Nat the Cat is taking a nap. Or he would be…if only the narrator would stop interrupting his sleep! This witty story, where Nat’s words keep getting turned upside down and inside out, is sure to make readers laugh out loud.

Nat the Cat Takes a Bath

It’s bath time for Nat the Cat in this second book in the hilarious, fourth wall–breaking Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read series about a grumpy cat and a long-suffering narrator from powerhouse creator Jarrett Lerner!

Nat the Cat must take a bath. But first, he wants his toys. Then he won’t get in the tub without bubbles. And of course, he’ll need a towel. As Nat the Cat keeps coming up with excuses to not get in the bath, the narrator can’t help but wonder if he’s hiding something—like a fear of water.


Finally, at long last, after multiple delays due to supply chain and shipping issues, Snack Cabinet Sabotage — the second volume of my Hunger Heroes series of graphic novel chapter books — has arrived! If you preordered a copy, it should be landing on your doorstep (or the doorstep of your local independent bookstore) very soon, if it hasn’t already. And if you didn’t preorder the book, you can now find a copy wherever books are sold — or, in the case of libraries, loaned. As always, if you order copies of the book (and/or any of my others) from MY local independent bookstore, the Silver Unicorn, I’ll sign them for you and, if you want, personalize them, too. Click HERE to get to my books’ page at the Silver Unicorn site.

If you want to learn more about the book and see some of its interior, go and find me on social media (@Jarrett_Lerner on both Twitter and Instagram). I’ll be sharing more about and from the book there in the coming days.

Now excuse me while I go celebrate my superheroic crew with a taco or two!

~ Jarrett


Eager for more Geeger?!

Don’t give yourself a fever!

Take a breather — and check out this cover reveal-er!

Geeger the Robot Goes for Gold, the fifth book in my Geeger the Robot early chapter book series, hits shelves April 11, 2023, but is available for preorder now wherever books are sold!

As usual, if you want YOUR copies of Geeger the Robot Goes for Gold to be signed by me, place your orders through my local independent bookstore, the Silver Unicorn. Click HERE to visit the store’s page for Geeger the Robot Goes for Gold.

And, of course, if you ever want copies of any other of my books signed, you can order those through the Silver Unicorn, too. Want them personalized? Make sure to include a note with instructions (at the very least, a to-be-signed-to name) along with your order, and the fine booksellers at the Silver Unicorn will make sure I see it. Thanks!

~ Jarrett

The ROGUE ROBOT COLLECTION — Now in Paperback!

Do you know a young reader who might like a series of books about farting robots? What about brilliant, problem-solving kids? Or maybe epic, world-saving water balloon battles? What about canine-worshipping extraterrestrials?

If any or ALL of these things sound up that young reader’s alley — or if you think they just might like some action-packed, mystery-tinged stories told with a whole lot of humor and heart — you should know that as of today, the boxed set of my EngiNerds series of Middle Grade novels — the Rogue Robot Collection — is now available in paperback! You can get your set wherever books are sold. And if you don’t see it on the shelves of your local independent bookstore, ask a bookseller to order it in for you. They can, and will — and may even order some extra sets for other customers to consider picking up! As usual, if you want your copies signed and/or personalized, you can order from MY local indie, the Silver Unicorn. Click HERE to do that.

EngiNerds, the first book in the EngiNerds series, was my first published book. It’s been out for about five years now. It was my introduction to the kid lit world, and allowed me to meet so many people, many of which have become dear friends. It’s also the book of mine that I most often hear was responsible for turning a kid into a reader — and turning kids into readers is the main goal of my career. And so, while I’m here, I’d just like to take another opportunity to thank every single human being (educator, librarian, parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, etc.) who put EngiNerds and its sequels in the hands of a kid, and to thank all the kids who gave the books a read. I hope today’s release of the paperback boxed set helps me turn even more kids into readers, and offers me the possibility to make even more friends.

~ Jarrett

COVER REVEAL: Nat the Cat Takes a Nap

In case you missed it over on social media, I’m thrilled to share here the cover of my very first early reader, Nat the Cat Takes a Nap.

What’s the book about?

Here’s how my publisher describes it:

Nat the Cat is taking a nap. Or he would be…if only the narrator would stop interrupting his sleep! This witty story, where Nat’s words keep getting turned upside down and inside out, is sure to make readers laugh out loud.

If you know anything about me and my work, you probably know that I’m passionate about growing readers, and try to do so in a number of ways throughout my work. By entering this early reader space, I’m getting a chance to not just grow readers — but create them!

I hope Nat the Cat Takes a Nap is the sort of book that kids will love to have their parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and siblings read aloud to them, and that their enjoyment of the story and artwork will ultimately encourage them to try to read it themselves (if they don’t start off by reading it themselves).

Nat the Cat Takes a Nap will be out January 17th, 2023, but is available for preorder now wherever books are sold. If you order copies from my local independent bookstore, The Silver Unicorn, I’ll sign and personalize them. You can order the book from The Silver Unicorn by clicking HERE.

Stay tuned for more news about this book — and more news about Nat’s continuing adventures, too!

~ Jarrett

Draw the Author Contest: Part 2 — The Winners!

In case you missed the announcement on social media, I wanted to share here that I have, after much difficult deliberation, chosen the winners of my second Draw the Author Contest!

What does this mean?

It means that Jacob and Josh will have their portraits of me published in Books 5 and 6 of my Geeger the Robot early chapter book series — becoming, as elementary schoolers, PUBLISHED ILLUSTRATORS. I can’t wait until they get to walk into a bookstore or library, pick a book up off the shelf, and see their artwork printed inside of it. It’s such an honor and pleasure to get to help make that moment happen.

Thank you, thank you again to the hundreds of kids who entered the contest. Every single drawing brought me a great deal of joy. And they were ALL wonderful in their own ways. Choosing just two was, truly, extremely challenging.

If you want to see the winning portraits from my last Draw the Author Contest, check out the first four Geeger books — Geeger the Robot Goes to School, Geeger the Robot: Lost and Found, Geeger the Robot to the Rescue, and Geeger the Robot: Party Pal. You’ll find a portrait drawn by a different kid in each book.

Congratulations again to Jacob and Josh! And stay tuned for more news about the next two books in my Geeger the Robot series!

~ Jarrett

Jarrett Lerner’s Creator Club Summer 2022

Did you hear?

Last night, I officially opened registration for Jarrett Lerner’s Creator Club Summer 2022!

This summer, I’ll be hosting a six-week “course” geared toward young creators between the ages of 6 and 12.

Sessions will be held LIVE on Wednesday mornings at 10 am EST starting June 22nd, though registered attendees will also have access to recordings of the sessions.

Here’s a quick overview of the sessions…

  • Week 1: Drawing
  • Week 2: Comic-Making
  • Week 3: Character Creation
  • Week 4: Story-Building
  • Week 5: Digital Drawing and Book-Making Tour
  • Week 6: Bonus Week

In addition to these 90-minute sessions, attendees will be given access to exclusive activities, videos, prompts, and other bonus materials.

For more information — including more detailed descriptions of each week’s session, how they will be structured, and cost — click on the Creator Club page in the menu above (or just click HERE).

~ Jarrett

THE HUNGER HEROES: MISSED MEAL MAYHEM Lands on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. List!

In case you missed my shouting and celebrating about it on social media, I thought I’d share it here: The Hunger Heroes: Missed Meal Mayhem recently landed on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. list — and in some absolutely incredible company!

The Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) program is run by the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Every year, committees made up of Florida’s most passionate, hard-working school librarians and media specialists read hundreds of kids’ books and put together three lists: one for Grades 6-8, one for Grades 3-5, and one for all lower grades (that’s where the “Jr.” of SSYRA Jr. comes in). These lists are used across the state, in every county and pretty much every single school, to organize the following school year’s reading. Every school is going to do things a little differently, bringing their own creativity to how the books are explored and used, but when one of your books makes the list, you can be sure that you’re in store for several months of being flooded with tweets and emails about the incredible things librarians and kids are doing with your work.

I can say all this with such confidence because — it still feels a little surreal to say this — this is my THIRD time on the SSYRA lists. My first book, EngiNerds, was on the Grades 3-5 list a few years back, and just last year, the first book in my Geeger the Robot early chapter book series, Geeger the Robot Goes to School, was on the SSYRA Jr. list. Thanks to being on the list, I have made over a dozen trips to Florida in recent years, and have been lucky enough to meet and work with thousands and thousands of young Florida readers. I’m beyond thrilled that, with the first graphic novel chapter book in my Hunger Heroes series being on the list, I’ll get to meet and work with even more.

And I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it tons more in the future: but there is something special about the Florida literacy community, and about the librarians and media specialists that are the heart of it. They make a BIG DEAL about books, and not only because they’re book-lovers themselves, but because they understand what making a BIG DEAL about books can do for the kids they serve — that that’s a big part of helping turn them into book-lovers as well. Another thing: baked into the SSYRA program, evidenced every day all over the state in the way that schools and librarians are using the books on the lists, is the idea that books are, and can most powerfully be used, as launchpads. (If you’ve ever heard me present, you’ve definitely heard me say this before.) That books aren’t just there to be read — but to also serve as springboards, as sources of inspiration and motivation, as tools to propel their readers back into their worlds and lives with something they didn’t have before. Teaching kids this, showing them how this works and how it can be done — this is, I believe, one of the best ways to turn them into book-lovers and lifelong readers, and is one of the best things we can do in our work to prepare them for their futures. It’s also one of the core principles and guiding missions of my work.

All of which is to say: I’m overjoyed and honored, and so looking forward to another year working with Florida librarians, media specialists, educators, administrators, booksellers, parents, and — most importantly, as always — KIDS. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the SSYRA Jr. committee. Now, let’s get to work.

~ Jarrett

Learn more about the SSYRA program and FAME here.


You might’ve already seen this on my social media feeds, but just in case you haven’t, I’m thrilled to share here that…

The Hunger Heroes: Missed Meal Mayhem was nominated for a Washington State OTTER Award!

Here’s the official announcement:

While EVERY award nomination is a huge honor, this one is especially meaningful because of the specifics of the award and how the nominee list is formed.

First of all, the OTTER Award focuses on books in a unique and, I believe, important and often under-appreciated space, one where young readers often get “lost.” This is what’s commonly called the “transitional” space — the area between picture books and beginning readers and longer, more complex chapter books. While this is beginning to change now, for too long there just haven’t been enough high quality, high interest books in this transitional space. And it’s in this space that kids are often asked to — and usually want to — begin reading independently. That “loss” I mentioned comes about because the leap from picture books and beginning readers to longer, more complex chapter books is a big one. Lots of kids — if not MOST kids — would be far better served by some sort of “bridge,” or at least a handful of “stepping stones” along the way to more easily traverse that gap. THIS is where the “transitional” books come in. It’s a space I love dearly, a space I am passionate about, and maybe because of all that, it’s also a space I find a lot of my work naturally fitting in.

The other amazing thing about the OTTER Award? It’s based, in large part, on kid approval. Here it is, verbatim, from the Washington Library Association’s website:

By focusing this award list on books kids like, not books adults think kids should like, more children across the state will be reading and talking about literature. Nominees will be vetted by child readers so that all titles have a kid stamp of approval.

I mean, COME ON. Is there anything better? For years, every chance I get, I’ve been saying that we need to make kids a part of the decision-making processes behind the creation and curation of their books, and I’ve done all that I can to make that happen. After all, these books that we’re making and sharing and working so hard to get into their hands are FOR them. Any endeavor that doesn’t, at the very least, take them into consideration is inherently flawed. But the fact that the Washington librarians who created and serve on the committee for the OTTER Award include kids to this extent shows just how awesome they are. They really, truly GET it.

And it’s why, as I said before, this honor is an especially meaningful one. Not only has this group of librarians singled out my book as an exemplary one, it’s also been given that official “kid stamp of approval.” So, thank you to the committee members for considering and honoring my book in this way, and THANK YOU to the kids who considered it, too, and gave it their stamp of approval, pushing it over the finish line and getting it this nomination.

Check out the other OTTER Award nominees below — all of which are EXCELLENT — and visit the Washington Library Association’s OTTER Award page HERE.

~ Jarrett

Get to Know… Isabel Roxas!

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A note from Jarrett:

What an honor to have Isabel — and some of her wonderful artwork! — here on my blog. Another honor: Isabel has asked me to reveal the cover of her next book, The Last Dodo, the second book in her The Adventures of Team Pom series of graphic novels. If you have yet to check out the first graphic novel in the series, Squid Happens, hurry up and get yourself a copy! It is a super quirky, wholly unique, downright delightful and exciting story with page after page of Isabel’s extraordinary artwork. And so, now, without further ado, here it is — the cover of Isabel Roxas’s The Adventures of Team Pom: The Last Dodo!

The Last Dodo hits shelves on October 4th, but you can — and should! — preorder it now wherever books are sold.