New York Times No. 1 best-selling author and illustrator Jan Brett to visit Mazza Museum at The University of Findlay

New York Times No. 1 best-selling children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett will visit the Mazza Museum at The University of Findlay from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, as part of her fall tour to highlight two books: “Home for Christmas” and “The Night Before Christmas” deluxe book and DVD. Both are available for purchase from the Mazza Gift Shop.

Call the museum at 419-434-5521 for more information.

Brett will give a short drawing illustration and presentation, and she will sign books. The first 100 families to arrive at the museum and receive a numbered ticket (which reserves your place in “line”) will receive a free, signed Jan Brett poster. If time does not permit Jan to sign every book, the Mazza Museum will have special signed bookplates featuring Jan’s artwork for the extra books.

Books will be available to purchase at the Mazza Museum. Customers who purchase book(s) ahead of time are asked to please hold their receipts and bring their book(s) in a bag to the book signing or purchase books at the Mazza Museum Gift Gallery on the day of the book signing. Guests are permitted to bring one book from home for every book purchased from the gift shop.

Brett will arrive on a colorful tour bus decorated with artwork from the books. Guests are welcome to take their photo in front of the bus, which will be parked near the museum. Hedgie, who appears in Brett’s “The Mitten” and “The Hat,” also will be visiting and available for photos. Families with children are welcome.

“Home for Christmas” is the story of a wild troll boy who runs away from home to avoid his chores. He lives with various animal families, including owls, a mother bear with two rambunctious cubs and river otters.

As Brett does in preparing for many of her bestsellers, including “The Mitten,” “The Hat” and “Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?” Brett traveled to the place she imagined her story might have taken place. She traveled to Sweden and visited old-fashioned homesteads, folk museums, tundra-like landscapes (where whole forests are no higher than your shoulder) and mountain views (by taking a helicopter to the Sami area in northern Sweden). She didn’t meet any trolls, but she saw many forest animals and was captivated by the moose she met on a farm.

“The Night Before Christmas” features Brett’s digitally rendered artwork paired with original music performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra and Clement Moore’s famous poem read by Grammy award-winning narrator Jim Dale.

Brett has a lifelong love of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and attended the BSO’s youth concerts as a young girl. Today, she is a member of the BSO’s Board of Trustees and is married to Joe Hearne, who has played the double bass with the orchestra for 49 years. Many of Jan’s early book ideas have come from the countries that she and Joe visited with the symphony.

With more than 37 million books in print, Brett is one of America’s most popular children’s book artists/authors and has brought to life lovable characters in extraordinary settings for millions of children for more than 30 years. Brett resides in Norwell, Mass.

The Mazza Museum has the distinction of being the first and largest teaching museum in the world specializing in original artwork from picture books. Its mission is to promote literacy through its educational programs and to collect, exhibit and preserve original art from children’s books.


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