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Excerpt taken from Jan Brett’s website:

With over forty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Gingerbread Christmas

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses

The First Dog

The Animals’ Santa


Annie and the Wild Animals

Beauty and the Beast

Home for Christmas

The 3 Little Dassies

The Easter Egg

Jan Brett’s Snowy Treasury

Gingerbread Friends

Hedgie Blasts Off

Hedgie Loves to Read

The Umbrella

Daisy Comes Home

Christmas Treasury

Hedgie’s Surprise

Comet’s Nine Lives

Armadillo Rodeo

Christmas Trolls

Trouble with Trolls

Berlioz the Bear

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

The Mermaid

The Three Snow Bears


On Noah’s Ark

Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

Gingerbread Baby

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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