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Jerry Craft

New York Times Bestselling Graphic Novelist Known for "New Kid," "Class Act" & "School Trip"

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Jerry Craft Biography

Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels "New Kid," "Class Act," and "School Trip." "New Kid" is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020).

Craft is also the creator of "Mama’s Boyz," an award-winning comic strip which won the African American Literary Award five times. He is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.

Craft was born in Harlem and grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City and now travels the world telling kids and their families about the importance of reading.

Speaking Topics
  • Cartoon Workshop

    Join award-winning syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft as he shares his experiences as a professional cartoonist and illustrator. He’ll show you the secrets behind creating his New Kid graphic novels and teach you how he creates his children’s books from start to finish. Then it’s your turn to draw! Mr. Craft will give you step-by-step instruction to show you how you can use simple shapes to create your own cool comic book characters.

    Sessions may be done as a workshop with kids (and their teachers or families) drawing along with step-by-step instruction, or lecture-style (without the kids drawing along). Workshops can also tailored to fit any class.

    In addition to drawing, there will also be emphasis placed on the following:

    • Finding your passion and making a career of it
    • The importance of trying and taking creative risks
    • Learning from your mistakes
    • Finding your creative voice
    • Education, and how both English and Math are used to make Mama’s Boyz successful
    • Choosing friends who will support you
    • How the decisions you make now can have an impact on the rest of your life

Videos
Books
School Trip: A Graphic Novel (New Kid)

School Trip: A Graphic Novel (New Kid)

Class Act: A Graphic Novel

Class Act: A Graphic Novel

New Kid: A Newbery Award Winner

New Kid: A Newbery Award Winner

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  • HOW TO BOOK Jerry Craft?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jerry Craft for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jerry Craft, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jerry Craft or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Jerry Craft?

    Speaking fees for Jerry Craft, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Jerry Craft charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jerry Craft, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jerry Craft?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jerry Craft for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jerry Craft for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jerry Craft or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jerry Craft or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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New York Times Bestselling Graphic Novelist Known for "New Kid," "Class Act" & "School Trip"

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Jerry Craft Biography

Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels "New Kid," "Class Act," and "School Trip." "New Kid" is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020), the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020).

Craft is also the creator of "Mama’s Boyz," an award-winning comic strip which won the African American Literary Award five times. He is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.

Craft was born in Harlem and grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City and now travels the world telling kids and their families about the importance of reading.

Jerry Craft Speaking Topics

  • Cartoon Workshop

    Join award-winning syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft as he shares his experiences as a professional cartoonist and illustrator. He’ll show you the secrets behind creating his New Kid graphic novels and teach you how he creates his children’s books from start to finish. Then it’s your turn to draw! Mr. Craft will give you step-by-step instruction to show you how you can use simple shapes to create your own cool comic book characters.

    Sessions may be done as a workshop with kids (and their teachers or families) drawing along with step-by-step instruction, or lecture-style (without the kids drawing along). Workshops can also tailored to fit any class.

    In addition to drawing, there will also be emphasis placed on the following:

    • Finding your passion and making a career of it
    • The importance of trying and taking creative risks
    • Learning from your mistakes
    • Finding your creative voice
    • Education, and how both English and Math are used to make Mama’s Boyz successful
    • Choosing friends who will support you
    • How the decisions you make now can have an impact on the rest of your life

Jerry Craft Videos

  • Jerry Craft and New Kid
    The inspiration behind my graphic novels New Kid, Class Act, and School Trip. Plus a little about how I grew up. AND I draw Jordan Banks.
  • Jerry Craft - "School Trip" | The Daily Show
    "They can read it in 13 different languages… They just can't read it in Texas." New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Jerry Craft...

Jerry Craft Books

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FAQs on booking Jerry Craft

  • How to book Jerry Craft?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jerry Craft for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jerry Craft, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jerry Craft or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jerry Craft?

    Speaking fees for Jerry Craft, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Jerry Craft charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jerry Craft, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jerry Craft?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jerry Craft for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jerry Craft for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jerry Craft or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jerry Craft or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jerry Craft is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Cartoon Workshop. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jerry Craft for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Jerry Craft generally travels from CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Pam Muñoz Ryan, Lois Lowry, Kwame Alexander, R.L. Stine and Jeffrey Eugenides. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jerry Craft for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jerry Craft Speaking Topics

  • Cartoon Workshop

    Join award-winning syndicated cartoonist Jerry Craft as he shares his experiences as a professional cartoonist and illustrator. He’ll show you the secrets behind creating his New Kid graphic novels and teach you how he creates his children’s books from start to finish. Then it’s your turn to draw! Mr. Craft will give you step-by-step instruction to show you how you can use simple shapes to create your own cool comic book characters.

    Sessions may be done as a workshop with kids (and their teachers or families) drawing along with step-by-step instruction, or lecture-style (without the kids drawing along). Workshops can also tailored to fit any class.

    In addition to drawing, there will also be emphasis placed on the following:

    • Finding your passion and making a career of it
    • The importance of trying and taking creative risks
    • Learning from your mistakes
    • Finding your creative voice
    • Education, and how both English and Math are used to make Mama’s Boyz successful
    • Choosing friends who will support you
    • How the decisions you make now can have an impact on the rest of your life

Jerry Craft Speaker Videos

  • Jerry Craft and New Kid
    The inspiration behind my graphic novels New Kid, Class Act, and School Trip. Plus a little about how I grew up. AND I draw Jordan Banks.
    Jerry Craft - "School Trip" | The Daily Show
    "They can read it in 13 different languages… They just can't read it in Texas." New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Jerry Craft discusses the irony of having an award-winning book...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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