Here at The Mailbox Blog we routinely celebrate the first Friday of the month with a giveaway. However this First Friday Giveaway is extra special! You see today, December 1, is Jan Brett’s birthday, one of my favorite authors and illustrators of children’s books. If you follow us on Instagram (themailbox) you already know that Jan graciously invited myself, my fellow blogger and pal Karen, and Phillip who is the publisher of Learning Magazine, aboard her spiffy mermaid tour bus for a sit down chat. I will tell you two things I learned about Jan. (I could go on and on and on about this wonderfully talented lady!)
First off, Jan truly gets kids and the way they think. She recognizes that children are both intelligent and creative with their thoughts. She understands that children have no boundaries for their thoughts and imaginations. In Jan’s words, “When I’m doing my books I like to remember that six-year-old self…. I can have that adventure all over again, that sense of discovery.”
Secondly, when asked if writing and illustrating was easier for her now that she has more than 40 published books, Jan responded, “No!” She explained that it generally takes a year to complete a book and as her deadline draws nears “It’s madness. I go into lockdown. It gets very intense.” When asked if there is jubilation when she completes a book, Jan surprised us all by revealing that she usually believes, “This is the worst book I’ve ever done.” Then after a year or two she decides she likes the book, but fears “I’ll never be able to do a book like that again.” Silly, silly Jan.
In celebration of Jan Brett’s birthday and her amazing books, this month’s First Friday Giveaway will have two winners.
To enter for a chance to win an autographed Jan Brett book,
simply leave Jan a birthday wish right here on the blog
before midnight, December 10, 2017.
PS: Just heard about a neat opportunity. It’s called the Follett Challenge, and schools can win a whole bunch of stuff. Get the scoop HERE.
Congratulations to Linda and Julie, the winners of this month’s First Friday Giveaway!