As parents and caregivers, adults sometimes wonder what to do when the story is finished. Do you just say, “That was a nice book,” and then move on to the next activity? There are some books out there that lend themselves perfectly to extending the story beyond the last page. There are also authors who work very hard at making sure readers get every bit of learning from their books as possible.
This is the first in a series of articles that will take A Closer Look at an Author.
Jan Brett has been a favorite of parents, teachers, and children for quite some time. With over thirty six million of her books in print, it’s hard to imagine a world without her talented storytelling. Some of her books include:
- The Mitten, A Ukrainian folktale retold and illustrated by Brett.
- Armadillo Rodeo, A story about an armadillo named Bo just looking for adventure
- Hedgie’s Surprise, Hedgie helps Henny save her eggs from Tomten
In addition to writing and illustrating these books, and many others, Jan Brett provides links to other learning activities that connect with her books.
Activities for The Mitten include masks representing each of the animals that visit the mitten and coloring pages.
Activities for Armadillo Rodeo include instructions on how to make a pie plate armadillo and how to draw an armadillo.
Activities for Hedgie’s Surprise include printable bookmarks that can be decorated or colored and Hedgie paperdolls.
These are just three of Jan Brett’s books and a few of the activities associated with them. Visit Jan Brett’s website to find out more about her books, activities, and contests.
Jan Brett’s books can be purchased at the following locations.
853 H Street
Arcata, California 95521
Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle’s Children’s Books
319 Kasten Street
Mendocino, California 95460
2316 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa, California 95405
Depot Bookstore & Cafe
87 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94941-1915
Stinson Beach Books
3455 Shoreline Highway
Stinson Beach, California 94970
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, California 94117-2816