Jan Brett (born December 1, 1949) is an American illustrator and writer of children’s picture books. She is known for colorful, detailed depictions of a wide variety of animals and human cultures ranging from Scandinavia to Africa.

Her best-known titles include The Mitten, The Hat, and Gingerbread Baby. She has adapted or retold numerous traditional stories such as the Gingerbread Man and Goldilocks and has illustrated some classics such as “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

Books in order of publication:

  • Fritz and the Beautiful Horses (Houghton Mifflin, 1981)
  • Annie and the Wild Animals (1985)
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas (Dodd, Mead, 1986), an edition of the English song published 1780
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1987)
  • The First Dog (1988)
  • The Mitten: a Ukrainian folktale (1989); issued as a board book in 1996
  • The Wild Christmas Reindeer (1990)
  • The Owl and the Pussycat (1991), an edition of the 1871 poem by Edward Lear
  • Berlioz the Bear (1991)
  • Christmas Trolls (1993)
  • Trouble with Trolls (1994)
  • Town Mouse Country Mouse (