Jan Brett

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With over thirty four 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."

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Annie and the Wild Animals

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A lively tale sure to be loved by fans of The Mitten

Originally published in 1985, Annie and the Wild Animals is back in a large hardcover format with a striking new jacket that makes this new edition the perfect gift for young readers.

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Gingerbread Friends

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Jan Brett's popular winter tale--now in board book!

Confident and excited to make new friends, the Gingerbread Baby happens upon a bakery, where he dances and prances in front of a sugar cookie girl, trying to make friends. But she just stares and doesnt say a word, like all the other sweet treats he tries to meet.

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Hat

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APublishers Weekly #1 bestseller, Jan Brett's heartwarming story of Hedgie the hedgehog's misadventures in the snow has become a family favorite.

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Mermaid

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Hardcover Book

A striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create.

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Mitten Board Book Edition

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"Grandmother knits snow-white mittens that Nikki takes on an adventure. Readers will enjoy the charm and humor in the portrayal of the animals as they make room for each newcomer in the mitten and sprawl in the snow after the big sneeze."
-The Horn Book

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Mossy

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Hardcover Book

Who will help Mossy return home to Lilypad Pond?

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Snowy Nap

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Hardcover Book

When winter comes, Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn't miss out on all the fun his friends are having.

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Three Snow Bears

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Hardcover Book

Jan Brett's #1 New York Times bestseller, now in board book format

Jan Brett's board book audience will love this brief version of a favorite tale in which Aloo-ki, an Inuit girl, meets a polar bear family.

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Town Mouse, Country Mouse

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Paperback Book

A story filled with suspense and humor, this classic tale of a town mouse and a country mouse takes a new twist in the imaginative and talented hands of Jan Brett. She introduces two engaging mouse couples eager to get away from their everyday lives. But when they agree to swap homes, they find unexpected adventures around every corner.

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Trouble with Trolls

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Treva's trouble with trolls begins when she climbs Mount Baldy with her dog Tuffi. The trolls who live there long for a dog, and they try to kidnap him. But Treva is brave and quick-thinking. She outwits one troll after another until she reaches the very top of the mountain, where five trolls are waiting--and they want her dog!

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