Jan Brett is one of my all-time favorite children's authors. I have been reading her books for as long as I can remember. Last year, I had the honor of meeting her. Of course, I cannot place my hands on the photo of the two of us together right now. Ah well.
She has written a few of her own original stories, but most of her books are retold fairy tales and folktales. What makes her books so unique and special is her illustrations. I can't imagine how long it takes for her to draw one page. The details are so intricate. When we saw her speak, she showed us how she quickly drew a picture of Hedgie. But that was just a sketch. Her paintings are amazing.
Another thing I love about Jan Brett is that she has her own educational website. Parents and teachers can print off numerous activities to use at home or in the classroom. There are also a lot of fun art projects for kids. You can also sign up to get postcards from Jan. And the best part is, they're all free! I have used many of them in my classroom and in tutoring sessions.