(1949 - )
Jan Brett (born December 1, 1949) is a best-selling American author/illustrator of children’s books. Her books are known for colorful, detailed depictions of a wide variety of animals and human cultures ranging from Scandinavia to Africa. Her best-known titles include The Hat, The Mitten, The Three Snow Bears and Gingerbread Baby.
The 3 Little Dassies (2010)
The three Dassies build houses of grass, sticks and stones. Then the Eagle comes calling.
The Animals’ Santa (2014)
In northern Canada a rabbit named Little Snow is celebrating his first Christmas, and after all the forest animals tell him about the animals’ Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise.
Annie and the Wild Animals (1985)
When her cat Taffy disappears, Annie tries to attract a new pet by putting corn cakes at the edge of the wood. None of the animals who come to eat the corn cakes are suitable for a pet -- then Taffy returns, with a surprise.
Armadillo Rodeo (1995)
Young Bo the armadillo follows his new friend to the rodeo and has a wonderful time -- until Ma comes to bring him home.
Beauty and the Beast (1989)
Beauty accompanies her father to the Beast’s palace to take her father’s place and finds that her place is with the Beast.
Berlioz the Bear (1991)
The Bear Band is on their way to play in the Village Square for the gala ball when the band wagon gets stuck in a rut. Who can get them out?
Here are some favorite stories about Brer Rabbit to color.
Christmas Treasury (2001)
Seven favorites from Jan Brett in one volume.
Christmas Trolls (1993)
When two trolls make off with Treva’s family Christmas pudding, she knows something has to be done. Hedgie the hedgehog makes his first appearance.
Jan Brett brings us a magical chicken Cinderella.
Comet’s Nine Lives (1996)
Comet, a Nantucket cat starts looking for a home as his nine lives slip away.
Daisy Comes Home (2002)
A flood takes Daisy away in her basket down the river, but Mei Mei finds her at the market and takes her home again.
The Easter Egg (2010)
Hoppi the bunny is planning how to decorate his Easter Egg when he is sidetracked by something more important.
The Enchanted Book (1987)
In this Polish fairy tale, the miller’s youngest daughter saves her sisters from an evil magician.
The First Dog (1988)
Kip the cave boy tames a paleo wolf and names him Dog.
For Our Children (1991)
This is an anthology of poetry, song and rhymes with illustrations by noted children’s illustrators.
Fritz was not a beautiful horse. He was a sure-footed pony, kind and dependable and good with children. He finally gets his chance to prove himself.
The Gingerbread Baby (1999)
In Jan Brett’s telling, the Gingerbread Baby finds a home -- and not in the fox’s stomach!
Gingerbread Friends (2008)
The Gingerbread Baby wants some friends to play with him when Mattie is busy. What better place to look for friends than a bakery?
The Three Bears neglect to lock their door and return to find their porridge eaten, chair broken and -- what’s this in wee, small bear’s bed? It must be that notorious burglar -- Goldilocks!
The Great Rescue (1984)
The Cabbage Patch Kids are kidnapped and forced to work in a gold mine. How will they escape? There is a large format and a small format version.
Happy Birthday Dear Duck (1988)
For his birthday Duck got a day filled with friends who liked him a lot. That’s what Duck got.
The Hat (1997)
Lisa’s woolen stocking makes Hedgie a fine hat and soon the fashion catches on with all the animals.
Hedgie Blasts Off! (2006)
Hedgie volunteers for an important space mission when the Big Sparkler stops sparking.
Hedgie’s Surprise (2000)
Hedgie helps Henny hen hide her eggs from the mischievous Tomten.
Home for Christmas (2011)
After spending the summer with his animal friends on the mountain, Rollo the little troll is lonesome for his family and goes home for Christmas.
Honey ... Honey ... Lion! (2005)
The Honey Guide Bird finds the honey and the Honey Badger steals it -- then they share the sweetness. But one day the Badger doesn’t share, and then the next day . . . .watch out for lions!
I Can Fly (1981)
A little boy and a little girl can be anything they can imagine.
In the Castle of Cats (1981)
Miou watches her friends Purrkins and Tobias leave the Castle for the wide world, but it is not her turn yet.
Inside a Sand Castle (1978)
What is it like to go inside a sand castle? Or slide down a hay stack? Or climb a tall pine tree?
Jan Brett’s Snowy Treasury (2009)
Four of Jan Brett favorites: The Gingerbread Baby, The Mitten, The Hat and The Three Snow Bears
The Mermaid and the Three Octopus is a variation of a perennial favorite.
The Mitten (1989)
Nicki drops one of his new white mittens in the snow. The animals crawl into it to keep warm, until ... someone sneezes!
Mossy and her portable garden are the star of Dr. Carolina’s museum, but she longs to return to her pond.
The Mother’s Day Mice (1986)
Three mice find presents for their mother on Mother’s Day.
The Night Before Christmas (1998)
’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Noelle of the Nutcracker (1986)
Ilyana wants the ballerina doll in the window of the toy shop for Christmas, but so does rich, spoiled Mary Jane. And what does Noelle, the ballerina doll want for herself?
On Noah’s Ark (2003)
The animals file into the ark, two by two. It rains for forty days and forty nights, but at last the dry land appears and the animals file out again to fill the earth with life.
The Owl and the Pussycat (1991)
The Owl and the Pussycat put to sea again, with honey and money and a runcible spoon.
Scary, Scary Halloween (1986)
What lurks with green eyes under the porch on Halloween?
How do we know when to wake up? How do flowers know when to bloom? This book explores the biorhythms of living things.
Some Birds Have Funny Names (1981)
Short explanations of how birds received their unusual names.
Some Plants Have Funny Names (1983)
Twelve plants are illustrated and the author explains how they got their common names.
Jamie gets an early start on St. Patrick’s Day.
An Indian folktale about the importance of hard work.
The Three Snow Bears (2007)
In this variation on a familiar tale, the little girl’s name is Aloo-ki and the three bears live in an igloo north of the arctic circle.
Town Mouse, Country Mouse (1994)
The Town Mice and the Country Mice agree to switch houses for a week, but decide it is not for them before the time is up.
The Trouble with Trolls (1992)
The Trolls decide they want a dog and they have their heart set on Tuffi, but Treva figures out a way to trick them and rescue her dog.
The Turnip (2015)
Badger Girl is delighted to find the biggest turnip she has ever seen growing in her vegetable garden, but when the time comes to harvest the giant root, she is unable to pull it up without help from family and friends.
The Twelve Days of Christmas (1986)
The traditional carol receives a stunning treatment by Jan Brett.
The Umbrella (2004)
While Carlos is searching for the Quetzal bird in the cloud forest, his umbrella is having an adventure of its own.
Valentine Bears (1983)
Mrs. Bear wants to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, but Mr. Bear is making it very hard to do.
A boy from Finnmark and his ice bear help Kyri rout the trolls when they come to spoil the Christmas dinner.
The Wild Christmas Reindeer (1990)
Santa asks Teeka the elf to help the eight reindeer get ready to pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Woodland Crossings (1978)
Five short fables or stories about the natural world.