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June 1, 2016

#LoveTeachers: Jan Brett

Author-illustrator Jan Brett is renowned for the amazingly detailed and intricate illustrations in her picture books.

Scholastic Reading Club asked Jan to recall any teachers that inspired her as a writer and illustrator. Jan’s answer emphasizes the impact of one specific teacher:

“My favorite teacher, Mr. Anderson, taught me and the rest of our class about English by reading from great works of literature using different voices for the characters. He swept our class away into new worlds beyond our imagination. One day we were even taking art lessons from a bunny! Our desks and the classroom faded away when we closed our eyes, and the places and characters from our books became real. Mr. Anderson was funny and kind, and a talented actor. I thank him for the feeling of excitement I feel whenever I open a new book.”

I can definitely identify with Jan’s point about the power of books to transport readers to faraway places, as her own books retain this exact quality. The dazzling illustrations in Jan’s picture books Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella and The Mitten both transported me as a reader into beautiful winter wonderlands.

Check out these titles and many more picture books by Jan on the Scholastic Reading Club website!


About the Author: Rebecca Yoshor is a merchandising assistant at Scholastic. Likes include cappuccinos, anything and everything YA, and beautifully illustrated picture books. Dislikes include cold weather and video games. 

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