The Jarrett Lerner STORE!

In case you missed the announcement on social media, I’m sharing here that I’ve now got my very own store, thanks to the awesome people over at CustomInk! As you might know if you’ve purchased any of my T-shirts or masks in the past, CustomInk is the company I’ve always used to do my printing and shipping. They have been BEYOND great. But, as you probably remember if you’re one of those past purchasers, the sales were always only for a limited time — two-, three-, or four-week sales periods that couldn’t be easily reopened once they were through. But CustomInk’s brand-new store feature allows me to keep products for sale indefinitely! Exciting, right? The store feature also allows people to purchase multiple items and have them shipped together, rather than pay for separate shipping and handling for each item (which is how it was in the past). Really, the only limit I’ve got is that I can only have 50 sale options available at the store at any given time. So, if I have, say, five designs at the store, each one can have ten color/product options (products would be regular T-shirts, V-neck T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, small tote bags, big tote bags, masks, etc.). That just means that, after checking out the store now (which you can do by clicking HERE), you’ll have to make sure to regularly check back, as I’ll be periodically rotating designs and products — and also launching new ones!

Thank you to everyone who has purchased one of my shirts or other products in the past. A couple years ago, when people suggested I print one of my drawings on a shirt and put it up for sale, I thought that I’d maybe — MAYBE — sell a dozen shirts, and that would be the end of it. Never, ever, ever could I have possibly imagined that I’d sell thousands of shirts, and raise tens of thousands of dollars for causes near and dear to me. Speaking of which, as always, the proceeds from my store’s sales will be put toward kids’ book access efforts — fighting to end book deserts, to make sure that EVERY kid has high-interest, quality books available to them.

One more time, click HERE to visit the store.

And once more, as well: THANKS!

~ Jarrett

ENGINERDS in the Idaho Battle of the Books!

I’m thrilled to share that my Middle Grade novel, EngiNerds, has be selected as part of this year’s Idaho Battle of the Books!

What does that mean? Kids all across Idaho will read EngiNerds, along with the other titles on the list, and then form teams that will compete in a trivia-style tournament about the books. That’s where the Battle’s tagline comes from: “It’s like sports but with books!” I mean, is there anything better?!

Thank you to the librarians and book-lovers who made up the selection committee for considering my book and ultimately including it on the list. Click here to check out the rest of the list. And I’ll be sure to share updates here and on social media once the battling gets underway!

~ Jarrett

GEEGER THE ROBOT: PARTY PAL Cover Reveal!

In case you missed it, I recently revealed the cover for the fourth book in my Geeger the Robot series of early chapter books, Geeger the Robot: Party Pal.

As you can see, it is TONS OF FUN. As you can also see, illustrator Serge Seidlitz and my team at Simon & Schuster/Aladdin once again absolutely CRUSHED IT. I couldn’t be more pleased with the cover — and it couldn’t be more perfect for the fourth book’s story.

Geeger the Robot: Party Pal comes out February 1, 2022, but is available now for preorder wherever you buy your books. (And, as always, if you purchase your copy from my local indie, Porter Square Books, I will stop by the shop and sign it for you! Click HERE to do that.) I look forward to sharing more about the book in the coming weeks and months. And until then, you can read the first two books in the Geeger the Robot series — Geeger the Robot Goes to School and Geeger the Robot: Lost and Found — and get excited for (and preorder if you haven’t yet!) the third book in the series, Geeger the Robot To The Rescue, which publishes on September 21, 2021.

~ Jarrett

Go, Geeger!

I’m thrilled to share that Geeger the Robot Goes to School is on the Massachusetts Book Award’s 2021 Must Read list in the Picture Book/Early Reader category! Thank you to the Massachusetts Center for the Book for reading, considering, and ultimately including my book. It’s an honor to be on the list, especially as Geeger is among so many incredible other books (you can check out the full Must Read lists here). Because of this nomination, more kids all across my home state will be introduced to Geeger and his pals, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.

This also marks the second state book list that Geeger the Robot Goes to School has made it onto, as last month I learned that the book had been included on this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. list (you can read more about that here).

Go, Geeger!

~ Jarrett

Geeger the Robot: Books 5 and 6!

I’m THRILLED to share that my Geeger the Robot series has been extended. There will now be SIX books in the series!

Thanks to everyone who has supported these early chapter books. I have tons of fun making them and I’m very proud of how each one has turned out.

The cover reveal for the fourth book in the Geeger the Robot series, Geeger the Robot: Party Pal, will be happening soon, so keep an eye out on my social media feeds or here for that. And more information — including publication dates for Party Pal and Books 5 and 6 — will be shared both there and here as soon as I’m able to.

And don’t forget: the third book in the Geeger the Robot series, Geeger the Robot To the Rescue, hits shelves on September 21st, but is available for preorder now wherever books are sold!

~ Jarrett

A WORK IN PROGRESS

Here it is! The book I alluded to yesterday morning on social media and here on my blog.

A Work in Progress is an illustrated novel in verse based on my own experiences with body image, body dysmorphia, disordered eating, and self-worth, and will be published Fall of 2022 by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin.

I’ll be sharing much more about the book and the decade-long process behind its creation in the coming months. For now, I just want to thank everyone who sent messages of care, support, and encouragement yesterday after I shared all I shared and announced the book. It all truly means the world to me. I feel like I’ve spent the past 20 years walking around with a rock in my shoe, and like I’ve just finally gotten it out.

~ Jarrett

GIVE THIS BOOK A COVER pub day!

Today’s the day!

My second activity book, Give This Book a Cover, is officially here!

Thanks to everyone who has used and shared my activities — it’s in large part thanks to YOU that these activity books (which I’ve been wanting to make for years and years!) are a reality. Now, I hope they help turn tons of kids into more confident, capable creative forces!

And just a reminder: if you want signed copies of Give This Book a Cover, or ANY of my books, you can always order from my local independent bookstore, Porter Square Books. Click HERE to check out all my books at their site!

~ Jarrett

GEEGER THE ROBOT GOES TO SCHOOL on the SSYRA Jr. List!

Yesterday, Geeger the Robot had a very good day.

At 10 o’clock yesterday morning, I learned that Geeger the Robot Goes to School had been included on this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr. list. What does that mean? It means that kindergarteners, first-graders, and second-graders all across the state of Florida will be reading Geeger the Robot Goes to School this coming year, along with the 14 other book that were named to the SSYRA Jr. list. Then, in April, all those kids — tens of thousands! — will vote to decide which book is their favorite. The book with the most votes gets the award.

Two years ago, another one of my books — EngiNerds — was on the SSYRA list (not the Jr. list, but the one for third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders). I was honored, of course, and excited — but I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea just how creative, energetic, and enthusiastic Florida librarians, educators, and KIDS are — and especially when it comes to BOOKS. Because of EngiNerds‘s inclusion on the list, I met hundreds of educators and librarians and connected with thousands of kids that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise met and connected with. Getting a book on an SSYRA list is kind of like getting invited to a year-long party — and everyone at the party is a big ol’l BOOK NERD.

Here are the other books keeping Geeger company on the the SSYRA Jr. list.

I’ve read — and loved! — about half of these other books, and being on the list along with them makes the honor all the more awesome. I plan to read the rest over the course of the year (or, you know, maybe just over the course of this weekend…). But anyway, I can’t recommend them enough. And I can’t recommend enough that you check out the SSYRA lists for Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. The committees put together some truly exceptional lists. (You can find those lists, plus past ones, and learn more about SSYRA in general by clicking HERE. More info about SSYRA Jr. can be found HERE.)

Thank you to the SSYRA Jr. committee for including Geeger the Robot Goes to School on this year’s list, and thank you to the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) for all the work they do to create such a robust and joyful culture of reading in their state and its schools. Let the party begin!

~ Jarrett

The ROGUE ROBOT COLLECTION!

Earlier this week, on Tuesday, February 23rd, this came into the world:

The Rogue Robot Collection is a boxed set containing hardcover copies of all three books in the EngiNerds trilogy: EngiNerds, Revenge of the EngiNerds, and The EngiNerds Strike Back. Now, with a single purchase, you can satisfy all of your farting robot needs! But seriously: I hope you’ll consider the boxed set as a gift for any kids in your life who enjoy silly stories with a dash of heart a whole lot of adventure.

Thanks!

~ Jarrett

GEEGER THE ROBOT TO THE RESCUE Cover Reveal!

I’m excited to share both the title and cover for the next book in my Geeger the Robot series:

As you might’ve been able to guess from the book’s cover, Geeger the Robot to the Rescue involves Geeger trying to cheer up his best friend, Tillie, who arrives at school one day in a very blah mood. The bot pulls out all the stops in order to try and turn Tillie’s frown upside down.

Geeger the Robot to the Rescue, the third book in the Geeger the Robot series, hits shelves on September 21st, but is available now for preorder wherever books are sold!

~ Jarrett