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 (1994)
  • Armadillo Rodeo (1995)
  • Comets Nine Lives (1996)
  • Gingerbread Baby (1997)
  • The Hat (1997)
  • The Night Before Christmas (1998), an edition of the 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore
  • Daisy Comes Home (2002)
  • Hedgie’s Surprise (2002)
  • Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? (2002)
  • On Noah’s Ark (2003)
  • The Umbrella (2002)
  • Honey, Honey, Lion! (2005)
  • Hedgie Loves to Read (2006)
  • Hedgie Blasts Off! (2006)
  • The Three Snow Bears (2007)
  • Gingerbread Friends (2008)
  • The Easter Egg (2010)
  • The 3 Little Dassies (2010)
  • Home for Christmas (2011)
  • Mossy (2012)
  • Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella (2013), an adaptation of Cinderella
  • The Animals’ Santa (2014)
  • The Turnip (2015), an adaptation of the Russian folk story The Gigantic Turnip
  • Gingerbread Christmas (2016)
  • The Mermaid (2017), an under the sea version of Goldilocks and The Three Bears
  • The Snowy Nap (2018)
  • 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 (1994)
  • Armadillo Rodeo (1995)
  • Comets Nine Lives (1996)
  • Gingerbread Baby (1997)
  • The Hat (1997)
  • The Night Before Christmas (1998), an edition of the 1823 poem by Clement C. Moore
  • Daisy Comes Home (2002)
  • Hedgie’s Surprise (2002)
  • Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? (2002)
  • On Noah’s Ark (2003)
  • The Umbrella (2002)
  • Honey, Honey, Lion! (2005)
  • Hedgie Loves to Read (2006)[5]
  • Hedgie Blasts Off! (2006)
  • The Three Snow Bears (2007)
  • Gingerbread Friends (2008)
  • The Easter Egg (2010)
  • The 3 Little Dassies (2010)
  • Home for Christmas (2011)
  • Mossy (2012)
  • Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella (2013), an adaptation of Cinderella
  • The Animals’ Santa (2014)
  • The Turnip (2015), an adaptation of the Russian folk story The Gigantic Turnip
  • Gingerbread Christmas (2016)
  • The Mermaid (2017), an under the sea version of Goldilocks and The Three Bears
  • The Snowy Nap (2018)