Jan Brett: Elementary Author Study

Jan Brett Author Study - a book-based unit study. Find books and activities, meet the author, and download your free printable.

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In this post you will find links and resources for a book-based unit study with Author and Illustrator, Jan Brett. These books and activities are appropriate to share in a classroom or for your homeschool! This guide provides book recommendations, reading resources, author links, and projects along with an eight page Author Study printable available in our Resource Library.

The delightfully entertaining and beautifully illustrated books by Jan Brett will inspire young writers and artists as you share the love of reading with your child. Children from preschool through elementary ages will love the sweet stories and fun adventures with the familiar and gentle characters created by Jan Brett.

Related Article: Benefits of an Author Study and How To Create Your Own

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Book List

I would recommend choosing your child’s favorite Jan Brett book along with at least two new titles to explore. These lovely books are short and surprising for young readers. You may want to choose a few books to read over and over or pick out several and go on new adventures every day!


The Mitten

Town Mouse, Country Mouse

Hedgie Blasts Off

Three Snow Bears

The Hat

Trouble with Trolls

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses

Mossy

The Turnip

For a full list of titles see Jan Brett’s Amazon Page


Meet Jan Brett

Jan Brett’s Official Website  features books, activities, printables, and media by and about Jan Brett. Don’t miss the monthly Hedge a gram to hear Brett talk about her latest projects!

Wikipedia is another source for information about Brett’s life and books.

Questions from elementary students about Brett’s books, illustrations, and writing process – Scholastic Interview

Meet Jan Brett on YouTube

Author Activity

Use your printable pack to make a timeline or author biography about Jan Brett. Look up facts together or have an older child research on her own. Be sure to check the author bio in your books!


 

Read in Different Ways

Jan Brett’s books are fantastic bedtime stories and so snuggle up and read on the couch. Since you’ll be enjoying several titles, try a few other ways of reading (or re-reading) and see the characters and settings come to life!

Watch a Read-Aloud on YouTube

Listen to Jan Brett read The Mitten as well as talk about her other characters and illustrations on her official YouTube Channel.

Find more of Jan Brett’s books read alouds on YouTube.

Read Along

Find picture book kits at your library or purchase them online:
Annie and the Wild Animals Read Along
The Umbrella Book and CD
The Hat Book and CD
The Twelve Days of Christmas Book and CD

Or purchase Audible books from Jan Brett’s official Amazon store to read along with your favorite titles.

Love listening to audio books? 
Start with two free books from Audible.


Activities and Projects

A list of ideas about what to write, play, and create to bring your Author Study together. These activities will go well with your 8 page free printable pack from our Resource Library.

Write

Write a fan letter to the author telling her about your Author Study and your favorite book! Use Jan Brett’s Mailing Address or send an email.

Write a new story featuring the characters and themes from 2 or more of the stories you read. What would happen if Hedgie got stuck in The Mitten? What if The Three Snow Bears switched places with the City Mouse or Country Mouse?

Create a venn diagram and talk about the similarities and differences between two stories. Free printable Venn Diagram

Play

Host a character party! Use the free printable party invitations and checklist to invite your friends, family, or stuffed animals and dress as a character with free printable masks.

Make finger puppets with these free printables. Have characters from different stories meet, recreate each story, or have fun creating a story of your own!

Print, color, and play games from Jan Brett’s website. Find cards, math, mazes, and more!

Create

Learn to draw the characters from Jan Brett herself! Tutorials for dozens of characters can be found on Brett’s website.

Make a mural or collage of all your favorite characters with free printables.

Draw a comic strip featuring familiar characters or make new characters of your own!


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free 8 page printable pack!
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Head over the the Resource Library.

AUTHOR STUDY

What’s your favorite Jan Brett book? Leave a comment below.

Looking for more Author Studies? Read the complete list of free book-based author studies on this site.

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