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Jan Brett

When I was little, I would close my eyes and put my finger on a page. Then in my mind, I would go to that place.
Jan Brett mind
Writing a story is like going down a path in the woods. You follow the path. You dont worry about getting lost. You just go.
Jan Brett writing
A childrens book is the perfect place where young readers can understand the world because they can take a deep breath and look at it and imagine and contemplate while theyre looking at.
Jan Brett children
I would like teachers to look deep because sometimes kids do have a faade that they put up because they feel vulnerable. Their creative truth may not be ready for their friends to see.
Jan Brett truth
The books take a year just to do the drawing. I will travel to a country to do the research and get ideas. Sometimes I dont travel to do research, but mostly I do. It takes a long time, but do I ever get tired of it? Not really. The characters kind of grow and evolve.
Jan Brett books
Of all people, children are the ones that really understand when theres a truth there for them - an emotional truth. The characters really have to work. Children, as an audience, are very inspirational for me.
Jan Brett inspirational
When I was little, I loved books that gave me lots of detail so that I felt like I could be transported to this other place, or, in the case of an illustration, I felt like I could walk into the page.
Jan Brett love
I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place Im drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real.
Jan Brett hope
The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real,
Jan Brett hope
I like to pretend that each book is my first one and last one, because it takes a tremendous amount of energy to do a book.
Jan Brett men
I loved being a child. If I do have a talent, its not so much being an artist, but its being able to remember back to that time.
Jan Brett love
People may think that because I have illustrated and written all these books it must be easy for me, but its not really easy for me. The drawing part is easy - I love doing it. But continuing to move forward is hard.
Jan Brett love
Teachers have to respect the privacy of students creative life, but at the same time give them a chance to express themselves.
Jan Brett life
I always feel like my book is a success when I see a child reading it, and they have their pointer finger out, and they kind of keep their place as they look all around the page. Ive always been impressed by how children are so observant.
Jan Brett success
A lot of times its the child that sees something and not the grownup. I love that because, when readers get older, they start looking for the most important ideas in the story. They dont look at things in the same way anymore. Children havent really learned to do that yet. They take all their great, intellectual skills, look at the full page, and appreciate all of the different things.
Jan Brett love
I remember kids used to give me a penny for drawing them a horse. I loved horses, but I couldnt have one, so I would draw a horse for myself. I would make it food and a blanket for it to wear and a place to live.
Jan Brett love
Ive found places that are just as beautiful as New England, but this is my home.
Jan Brett beautiful
When I go to another country, I try to be a big sponge and look at what the houses may look like and what colors predominate. I do not do research as much as just get ideas and ask people about things.
Jan Brett people
I love children because thats a part of my life that was so happy, and I like to remember back to those days where everything is a discovery, and the world is so fresh.
Jan Brett love
I create books for six-year-olds. I dont know why that time of my life was so important to me, but no matter what I draw, it always looks like it comes from a childrens book. I cant resist. Ill set out to paint a serious picture then think, Well, maybe there would be a little bunny in that corner.
Jan Brett life
When I was little I used to wish I could talk to the illustrators because I wanted to discuss something about the books. With so many of the other art forms that children experience, such as movies and television, they dont get to control the pace.
Jan Brett books
My parents would tell us to go outside and play or to do creative stuff, but television was very limited. So we used our own creativity to entertain ourselves. We were out in the woods a lot making huts and playing horses.
Jan Brett creativity
I knew that I wanted to be an illustrator since I was in kindergarten. I can remember the exact day. The art teacher usually came to our classroom once a week, but she was absent that day. Instead, our regular teacher gave us each a huge piece of paper and crayons, and we could do whatever we wanted.
Jan Brett art
A book is something that young readers can experience on their own time. They decide when to turn the page. Theyll put their arm right on the page so you cant turn it because theyre not ready to go to the next page yet. They just want to look at it again, or they want to read the book over and over because they really enjoy setting the pace themselves.
Jan Brett time
I just love to draw. Its very intense for me. The day will just go by like the snap of a finger. A lot of times Ill draw or paint late into the night. When I am really concentrating, I kind of lose track of what I am doing.
Jan Brett love
Children have such vibrant minds. They need to play. They need to be creative. They need to imagine. Its so important for their sense of self discovery. And it helps them learn problem-solving.
Jan Brett children
I have a hard time writing, and I usually have to put a timer at my desk and put it on for an hour. But I love to illustrate, and I can hardly stop myself.
Jan Brett love
My grandmother would give me a beautiful book each year. I especially loved the Beatrix Potter books. They were very detailed. And I promised myself that was what Id do. I also loved the big words she used. I was excited because I knew what they meant from the context. I put a few big words in for just that reason.
Jan Brett love
My optimism has helped me through some hard times. If you try to send out good things, good things come back to you.
Jan Brett time
One of my favorite books is Armadillo Rodeo, and I got the idea from traveling to Texas and seeing armadillos.
Jan Brett books
Sometimes I get ideas from childhood. In The Hat, Hedgie starts getting teased about his hat, and he just pretends that everything is okay. Thats the advice that my mother gave me - not to get mad and pretend that everything is okay. And it worked.
Jan Brett time

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