Watch Exclusive Original Skit! Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka and actress Kate Flannery at 2023 Odyssey Awards celebrating LUNCH LADY on audio

By Jennifer Rubins | July 5 2023 | Audiobook News

Whether or not you were one of the lucky librarians who lined up in person for a delicious 2023 Odyssey Awards Ceremony at ALA Annual in Chicago on June 26, 2023, we are thrilled to serve up this terrific feast of a presentation delivered by LUNCH LADY series author & illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka and actress Kate Flannery (The Office), voice of the Lunch Lady herself!

The First Helping (Lunch Lady Books 1 & 2) was named a 2023 Odyssey Honor Audiobook by the hardworking Odyssey Committee who said: “These graphic novels have been reimagined by author Jarrett J. Krosoczka into a full cast audio production. The larger-than-life voices and sound effects set a perfect tone for retelling a beloved series, allowing it to be enjoyed in a new way.” The silver medallion may not be made of chocolate (sorry, Lunch Lady!) but as Jarrett says in their adorable skit, “It’s better than chocolate.” The audiobook was produced by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and Lauren Klein, with Executive Producer Nick Martorelli.

Talk about a graphic novel coming to life! Check out this acceptance speech and skit—and plenty of food puns:


To cut the lunch line and just view the skit, click here.

“I know I have the librarians to thank,” says Jarrett of his ability to share his Lunch Lady character with new generations of readers, and now listeners.

Meet demand for the Lunch Lady line at your library! Both the newly-crowned Odyssey Honor Winner and the sequel audio fans are hungry for are available on CD and audiobook download editions! Each recording also features an author’s note read by Jarrett J. Krosoczka himself!

Kate Flannery with the Odyssey Committee 2023

Actress Kate Flannery, voice of the Lunch Lady, with Odyssey Committee members

Click on the covers below to head over to the product page and listen to audiobook clips from each amazing audiobook production:

The First Helping (Lunch Lady Books 1 & 2)
The Cyborg Substitute and the League of Librarians

*Odyssey Honor Audiobook*

Read by Kate Flannery, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Carol Monda, Cary Hite, Zoe Krosoczka, Trey Murphy, Kyan Samuels, Jim Frangione, Johnny Heller, Davu Smith, Lauren Fortgang, Kevin R. Free, Neil Hellegers, and a Full Cast

“A full cast transports listeners straight to the school lunchroom for two silly, sound effects-laden, cartoon-like adventures.”—AudioFile

Age 8-12 years

The Second Helping (Lunch Lady Books 3 & 4)
The Author Visit Vendetta and the Summer Camp Shakedown

Another two adventures in one! Available on CD and audio download, featuring the same great cast of voices from the Odyssey Honor-winning first collection in the series.

Age 8-12 years