The Mitten, author Jan Brett to visit School, Facebook Contest

Monday, January 3, 2011

Chances are you've probably read one of Jan Brett's children's books. She has authored/illustrated over 30 books with 36 Million books in print.  I am amazed by Brett's beautiful illustrations and appreciate her kindness to share her talent with her readers through her books as well as hundreds of FREE printables on her website.  She has coloring pages, printable activities, calendars and more.  


"Starting Monday, January 3, 2011 "like" Jan Brett on Facebook and win a free Jan Brett visit to your school or library. The school or library that has the most parents, teachers, librarians, friends, or supporters who "like" Jan Brett on Facebook (closes April 2, 2011) will win a free school or library visit from Jan in the 2011 - 2012 school year." Click here for more details on the author's contest.

This would be so fun to have the kids meet the author of the books they love to read. I'm going to spread the word at my school, and point them to Jan Brett's website for a variety of printable resources.

One of our family's favorite books by Brett is "The Mitten." The tale of a little boy who loses one of his mittens and a group of animals find it and snuggle inside. (Our second favorite is the "Gingerbread Baby.")

Brett has clipart of the animals from "The Mitten" that you can print and put inside a mitten as you read the story. I decided to print two copies. My 5 year old colored them, I cut them, then we put one set inside his mitten as we read the story. 

Next, we gathered 8 pair of mittens around the house and I had my son hide an animal in each mitten (the mittens didn't necessarily match).  Then we took turns trying to find the matching animals, just like a matching card game.

He loved the Mitten Match Game and kept wanting to hide the animals from me to see if he could trick me.

 The Mitten by Jan Brett 

 You can go to Barnes and Noble right now to hear Jan Brett read The Mitten for online storytime.

Teaching Heart Mom Blog has a variety of activities that go with The Mitten too.

If you want to try using mitten clipart, PreKinders has a cute Mitten Match game you can print.

Jan Brett recently published a new book fall 2010 called "The 3 Little Dassies." She created a Free 2011 calendar you can print with artwork from the book. I need to find a copy of this book, it looks darling. It is a South African telling of the 3 Little Pigs.

Remember to go visit Jan Brett on Facebook to enter to win a visit to your school or library.
Linking to:
Hope is the Word, Read Aloud Thursdays (See Amy's post on reading owl books & disecting Owl pellets)

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Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I haven't read The Mitten before, sounds like I need to

Anonymous said...

I love the mitten hunt. What a great idea! I love Jan Brett's book and her website is amazing.

Thanks for stopping by and linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I hope to see you again soon.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Oh, we LOVE Jan Brett here! In fact, we got to meet her last year. Here's my blog post (with pictures!):

Thanks so much for the info about the FB challenge, and I'm so glad you linked up to Read Aloud Thursday!! You have a beautiful blog, and it looks like a lot of fun. I look forward to exploring more in the future!

Mrs. Whary said...

Welove "The Mitten"Too. Just thought I'd let you know that Hollyover at"Stay and Play"has some SUPER printables for this book. Yu can find her @

Together Time 4 Families said...

I love Jan Brett's books and she is a gift of an illustrator. I think adults enjoy her books as much as children. I have posted about the variety of activities she has on her site. Stop by and see what my post!
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Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...


This post has so many great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I've featured you on Tot Tuesdays here:

I hope you'll stop by and grab a featured button. Have a great day!

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