When she was 6, children's author Jan Brett knew what she wanted to do when she grew up: create children's books. She loved to draw and used art to express herself. Brett's aspirations to write books led her to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School in 1970. Eleven years later, her first book, "Fritz and the Beautiful Horses," was published. Since then, Brett has written and illustrated more than two dozen books including the popular "Berlioz the Bear" and "The Mitten."
Another childhood passion of Brett's was animals. She was constantly surrounded by pets and includes something about animals in many of her books. She also incorporates experiences from her travels into her books. "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," she says.
Today, Brett lives on the Massachusetts coast, but travels to the Berkshire Hills during summers.
Books she has both written and illustrated include:
* "The Hat"
* "Comet's Nine Lives"
* "Armadillo Rodeo"
* "Christmas Trolls"
* 'Trouble With Trolls"
* 'The Wild Christmas Reindeer"
* "The First Dog"
* "Annie and the Wild Animals"
* "Fritz and the Beautiful Horses"