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Jan Brett 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.

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see room-size landscapes and towering stone sculpture, 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, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan Brett 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."


Books by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Baby
Jan Brett
Hardcover
Putnam Juvenile
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The Three Snow Bears
Jan Brett
Hardcover
Putnam Juvenile
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The Mitten
Jan Brett
Hardcover
Putnam Juvenile
$16.99
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Young Readers

Gingerbread Friends
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Gingerbread Friends

Jan Brett

That popular little character is back looking for friends, in an adventure he'll never forget.

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