The World of Jan Brett

February 4 - May 14, 2017

Welcome to The World of Jan Brett, a fun and educational traveling exhibit that brings to life the stories of the beloved children's author/illustrator. Original artwork invites visitors to travel the globe and become a part of their favorite books. The exhibit will be on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum from Feb 4 to May 14, 2017.

The World of Jan Brett welcomes visitors into the vivid cultures and endless imagination of the beloved 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 and brings the stories of Jan Brett to life. The exhibit features over 70 original paintings from Jan Brett's bestselling books, including Gingerbread Friends, The Umbrella and Honey...Honey...Lion!, which take visitors on a journey around the world to learn about the places and cultures that inspire Jan Brett. Professionally framed and matted art shows the intricate brush strokes and great detail that goes into each book illustration. From tropical rainforests to Arctic igloos, visitors are invited to step into the pages of best-loved Jan Brett stories.

The World of Jan Brett is a traveling exhibition organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum in partnership with Jan Brett. The exhibit's display is part of a nationwide tour.

Exploring the World of Jan Brett

Share Jan Brett’s travels by exploring her books with these special weekly programs, held at either the Oshkosh Public Museum or the Oshkosh Public Library. Get your program sheet stamped each time you attend a program, at either location, to receive special prizes. Attend four Saturday programs at the Museum and earn a free pass to attend a fifth program at the Museum. Attend all programs in your age group for a chance to win a specialty Jan Brett item sold at the Museum Store. Click here to download a copy of the program sheet for a full description of the activities.

Preschool Storytime
(recommended for ages under 5)

Thursdays, 10 am, at the Library
Feb 9, The Three Snow Bears
Apr 13, The Umbrella
May 11, Gingerbread Friends

Tuesdays, 11 am, at the Museum
Feb 14, Hedgies Surprise
Feb 21, Daisy Comes Home
Feb 28, Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve
Mar 7, On Noah’s Ark
Mar 21, Honey…Honey…Lion!
Mar 28, Hedgie Blasts Off!
Apr 4, The Turnip
Apr 18, Home for Christmas
Apr 25, Cinders, a Chicken Cinderella
May 2, The Animals’ Santa

Elementary School Programs
(recommended for grades K-5)

Saturdays, 11 am, at the Library
Feb 4, The Three Snow Bears
Mar 11, Gingerbread Baby
Apr 8, The Umbrella
May 6, Gingerbread Friends

Saturdays, 11 am, at the Museum
Feb 11, Hedgies Surprise
Feb 18, Daisy Comes Home
Feb 25, Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve
Mar 4, On Noah’s Ark
Mar 18, Honey…Honey…Lion!
Mar 25, Hedgie Blasts Off!
Apr 1, The Turnip
Apr 15, Home for Christmas
Apr 22, Cinders, a Chicken Cinderella
Apr 29, The Animals’ Santa

Creating a Children’s Picture Book – Sharing My Secrets

Book talk with Jan Brett, admired children’s author/illustrator
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 9:30 am

In this presentation, Jan describes how as a kindergartner she knew she wanted to illustrate children’s books. Her books are often sparked by a compelling experience, such as MOSSY which is the basis of this book talk. Tickets are currently sold out for this event.

Jan Brett Book Signing

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 1-3 pm

Jan Brett, admired children’s author/illustrator, will be signing copies of her books at the Museum. Bring in your favorite Jan Brett book, or several of her books will be available for purchase at the Museum Store. The first 100 families will receive a free Jan Brett poster. This event is included with general admission.

About 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 inforamtion about Jan Brett, please visit