Jan Brett is another author whose works most students will instantly recognize. From her official website, the author shares that her travels are a major inspiration to her work:
"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."
Your students will delight in studying her very detailed and intricate illustrations. For this reason, this author study presents the perfect opportunity to collaborate with an art teacher, to offer cross-curricular integration of the subject.
Here, you will find lessons and activities surrounding one of Brett's most popular stories, "The Mitten." It is important to note, however, that the official Jan Brett website (janbrett.com) also contains a guide to author study resources. This site offers not only author background information, and information about each of her books, it also offers activities, games, videos, coloring pages, a blog, and of most interest, letters from the author herself explaining specific details about her stories.