The World of Jan Brett

Vesterheim Museum welcomes you
to The World Of Jan Brett!
On view October 14, 2013 - January 5, 2014

• Dates and information for special programs in the exhibition

• Opportunities for school group visits

This fun and engaging traveling exhibition brings to life the stories of the beloved children’s author/illustrator. Original artwork, interactive adventure areas, and themed reading environments invite visitors to travel the globe and become a part of their favorite books. The exhibition welcomes visitors of all ages into the vivid cultures and endless imagination of these timeless children’s tales.

“When you look at my illustrations I hope they take you to a different place and time,” aspires Jan Brett. “Every illustration has a dozen stories behind the brushstrokes.”

The World of Jan Brett encourages playful exploration as hands-on discovery areas and immersive environments bring the stories of Jan Brett to life. The exhibition features more than 50 original paintings from ten of Jan Brett’s bestselling books, including “Gingerbread Friends,” “The Umbrella,” and “Honey…Honey…Lion!” Sketchbooks, hands-on discovery zones, and themed reading environments take visitors on a journey around the world to learn about the places and cultures that Jan Brett gets her inspiration from. There is even a super-size Hedgie, a hedgehog that is featured in the pages of many of Jan Brett’s best-loved stories!

The World of Jan Brett is on a nationwide tour and its display at Vesterheim is made possible through funds raised by the 2012 Deck The Tables committee and event. This traveling exhibition is organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in partnership with Jan Brett.

Jan Brett has more than 35 million books in print and has been one of America’s most beloved children’s author/ illustrators for over 30 years. Her books regularly occupy the #1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list. Her illustrations are adored for their classic beauty and vibrant life-like images of animals, landscapes, and flourishes from cultures around the world. From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs to Japanese gardens, she studies the traditions of the many countries that she visits and uses them as a starting point for her children’s books. For more information about Jan Brett, please visit