She began by drawing. Jan Brett only later started writing children’s books.
“And, the actual writing part didn’t come until I was out in my 20s, going with my portfolio to different publishers and one of the publishers, a very wise editor, said you should write your own stories,” Brett tells Nebraska Radio Network.
More than 30 books later, Brett travels the country in a bus that is a rolling billboard for her latest book: The Turnip
Brett will discuss the book, do some drawing, and speak with children at the Plum Creek Children’s Literary Festival hosted by Concordia University in Seward Tuesday evening.
A wooden toy from Russia, given to Brett at a book signing by a reader, led to The Turnip.
“And I had heard about this turnip story,” Brett says. “So, that was the instigation. Also, the colors of the turnip, being purple on the top and yellow, I mean what’s not to love?”
Brett says the children at events such as Plum Creek inspire her. She hopes to return the favor. Brett says she doesn’t just draw at such events, she teaches children how to draw, helping them to foster their own creativity; the creativity that helped transform a shy child who just like to draw pictures into a renowned children’s author and illustrator.
Brett’s bus will pull into Concordia around 5 o’clock Tuesday evening. Her appearance officially begins at 6pm in Weller Auditorium at Concordia University.
Weller Auditorium is located at 800 N Columbia Avenue in Seward.
For more information, please call the Plum Creek Children’s Literary Festival at 402-643-7483.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]