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Jan Brett, who puts out a new book every year, spoke with the crowd of around 500 about how she brings her ideas to life on the pages. Jan Brett, who puts out a new book every year, spoke with the crowd of around 500 about how she brings her ideas to life on the pages.
The museum invites authors like Brett to show kids what they can do if they put their minds to it. The museum invites authors like Brett to show kids what they can do if they put their minds to it.
As someone who was interested in the craft at a young age, Brett encourages the children to bring sketch paper and practice illustrating along with her…hoping to spark in them that same curiosity that she had. As someone who was interested in the craft at a young age, Brett encourages the children to bring sketch paper and practice illustrating along with her…hoping to spark in them that same curiosity that she had.

Children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett stopped by the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum to show and tell kids about her new work “The Snowy Nap”.

Jan Brett, who puts out a new book every year, spoke with the crowd of around 500 about how she brings her ideas to life on the pages.

“Every year I have an idea and often go to a different foreign country to get authenticity and to find some quirky little things that might go in the book, and then I spend a year working on the illustrations. It takes me an hour to do an inch," said Jan Brett, author and illustrator.

The museum invites authors like Brett to show kids what they can do if they put their minds to it.

“A lot of times they’ll read the book and they don't even realize that a real person created that artwork so that’s something that we find amazing when that connection happens and when they realize, oh, a real person had to make that artwork. it takes a lot of hard work and a lot of practice and so if they’re willing to work and practice they too could become an illustrator of picture books.” 

As someone who was interested in the craft at a young age, Brett encourages the children to bring sketch paper and practice illustrating along with her…hoping to spark in them that same curiosity that she had.

“I want them to give themselves a chance because so many times children just don’t have time to explore where they’re drawing or their writing, any kind of creative process. It’s so essential to our human spirit and if they can tap into it just once I think they’ll be hooked for life,” said Jan Brett. 

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