Audio Books by Jan Brett

Jan Brett is the author of Jan Brett's The Nutcracker (2021), The Animals' Santa (2021), Cozy (2020), The Night Before Christmas (2020) and other 118 books.

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Jan Brett's The Nutcracker

release date: Nov 16, 2021
Jan Brett's The Nutcracker
Jan Brett''s striking illustrations and the Christmas classic The Nutcracker are a match made in picture book heaven. When Marie and her brother Fritz receive a special Christmas nutcracker from their uncle, Marie immediately feels something magical. "He looks like a real boy," she mused. "A real boy with a secret, who came from far away." This feeling is only the beginning of the epic adventure she goes on with the Nutcracker—into the cabinet, through the battle with the mice, and finally to the magical land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Jan Brett makes this classic her own by setting it in snowy Russia and adding whimsical touches to the favorite elements of the traditional ballet. Enjoying this book will be an instant Christmas tradition for families who love the ballet and those new to the story. As perfect a gift as Jan Brett''s classics The Mitten and The Night Before Christmas.

The Animals' Santa

release date: Nov 02, 2021
The Animals' Santa
This modern Christmas classic highlights how animals are just as curious as kids about their own Santa. When Big Snowshoe tells Little Snow that the animals'' Santa is coming with presents for everyone, Little Snow wants to know who he is. The animals say they have never seen him. Maybe he''s a badger, a moose, a polar bear, or a wolf, they tell him. But this spunky little rabbit thinks they are just fooling him. On Christmas Eve, Big Snowshoe finds a way to see the animals'' Santa and a Snowy Owl in a red cap swoops down with a pack full of presents. Never again will an excited Little Snow doubt that there is an animals'' Santa. Jan Brett''s love of animals, winter, and all things Christmas is on grand display in this original holiday story.

Cozy

release date: Oct 20, 2020
Cozy
A New York Times Bestseller! A group of clever animals find an unusual but warm and furry home during Alaska''s long winter in Jan Brett''s newest snowy adventure. Cozy is the softest musk ox in Alaska, with the warmest fur you ever did feel. When a storm hits while he''s separated from his family, he starts to feel lonely--but not for long. As the snow piles up, animals start to notice just how warm and cozy Cozy really is! One mama lemming has a bright idea . . . maybe the best place to spend the winter is under Cozy''s fur! As more and more animals burrow in, Cozy adds to the house rules: quiet voices, gentle thumping, claws to yourself, no biting, and no pouncing. That seems easy enough . . . until the lemmings, snowshoe hare, snowy owl, arctic fox, and wolverine begin to bicker. Luckily, signs of spring soon appear, and that means Cozy can find his herd and his new friends can head to their summer homes. But not before promising to get cozy with Cozy next year! Jan Brett brings a new lovable character to life through this gorgeous tale of sharing, friendship, and living in harmony.

The Night Before Christmas

release date: Oct 13, 2020
The Night Before Christmas
The quintessential holiday poem tells the tale of Christmas''s most anticipated visitor, complete with dashing reindeer and gleaming presents. Jan Brett expands on the magical spirit of the classic poem in her imagining of the iconic story of Santa''s visit (spunky elves and reindeer escapades included!).

Gingerbread Christmas

release date: Oct 15, 2019
Gingerbread Christmas
Jan Brett''s beloved character the Gingerbread Baby returns in a fun-filled Christmas caper! Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling that it is time to run away. Clever Matti uses snow to disguise the gingerbread instruments while Gingerbread Baby leads the audience on a merry chase to the smartest hiding place ever--a giant Christmas tree.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

release date: Oct 15, 2019
The Twelve Days of Christmas
A centuries-old favorite holiday carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was one of the first to celebrate the secular tradition of gift-giving. This sumptuously illustrated version features not only the gifts of a suitor to his true love but a loving family''s Christmas preparations, how to say "Merry Christmas" in 12 different language, and a vast array of charming woodland animals.

The Tale of the Tiger Slippers

release date: Sep 17, 2019
The Tale of the Tiger Slippers
Jan Brett reimagines a powerful Middle Eastern folk tale that celebrates hard work and appreciating your roots. Set in India, this gorgeous reimagining of the classic Middle Eastern folk tale "Abu Kassem''s Slippers" features a poor tiger cub who is a very hard worker. His mother weaves him slippers to protect his feet from stones and thorns, and they allowed him to prosper--first making bricks, then building houses, and eventually becoming very wealthy. He continues to wear them until someone questions why such a prominent person would wear such worn shoes. Feeling embarrassed, Tiger tries to get rid of the slippers, but fate keeps bringing them back. Finally, Tiger sends them to his uncle, who weeps with pride when he sees the slippers his sister made and his nephew used to accomplish so much. He sets off right away to visit them, bringing the slippers along. Tiger can''t believe the slippers are back again, but his little cub gives him an idea: honor the slippers by building a special place for them, to remind him of how far he''s come. Jan Brett''s lush, vibrant version of this story will inspire fans of her international retellings to appreciate the hard work that leads to all of their successes.

The Snowy Nap

release date: Oct 16, 2018
The Snowy Nap
In this instant winter classic, Jan Brett''s Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn''t miss out on all the snowy fun his friends are having. A chill is in the air, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates: Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice! It sounds so amazing that Hedgie decides to stay awake instead of going to his burrow. But then, a snowstorm starts. Luckily, Lisa finds him and brings him to her home, so Hedgie gets to see the wonders of winter from inside the cozy house. From the creator of winter classics like The Mitten, The Animals'' Santa, and The Three Snow Bears comes another seasonal adventure that is sure to warm the heart.

Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury

release date: Oct 01, 2018
Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury
Seven of the author''s most famous, best-selling books.

The Wild Christmas Reindeer

release date: Jan 01, 2018
The Wild Christmas Reindeer
After a few false starts, Teeka discovers the best way to get Santa''s reindeer ready for Christmas Eve.

The Mermaid

release date: Sep 05, 2017
The Mermaid
A striking under-the-sea version of Goldilocks with bonus storytelling in the borders, as only Jan Brett could create. When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She’s thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current. But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way. Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett''s trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.

Jan Brett's Animal Treasury

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Jan Brett's Animal Treasury
Collects four stories written or adapted and illustrated by Jan Brett, each featuring a cast of animal characters.

Gingerbread Friends

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Gingerbread Friends
Brett''s popular winter tale--a "New York Times" bestseller about Gingerbread Baby''s attempts to make new friends--is now in board book. Full color.

The Easter Egg

release date: Jan 01, 2017
The Easter Egg
Hoppi the bunny wants to win the egg-decorating contest so the Easter Bunny will choose him to help distribute Easter eggs, but instead, while everyone else is working on their decorations, he finds himself guarding an egg that has fallen from a robin''s nest.

Armadillo Va Al Rodeo

release date: Oct 04, 2016
Armadillo Va Al Rodeo
Now in español! Bestseller Jan Brett tells the story of a bronco-bucking adventure set in the Texas countryside in this Spanish edition of Armadillo Rodeo. When Bo spots what he thinks is a "rip-roarin'', rootin''-tootin'', shiny red armadillo," he knows what he has to do. Follow that armadillo! Bo leaves his mother and three brothers behind and takes off for a two-stepping, bronco-bucking adventure. Jan Brett turns her considerable talents toward the Texas countryside in this amusing, Spanish language edition story of an armadillo on his own.

Hedgie's Surprise

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Hedgie's Surprise
Jan Brett''s beloved character Hedgie stars in this charming story about a little Tomten who gets tired of porridge for breakfast and starts stealing Henny''s eggs. But Henny wants a brood of chicks and she needs her eggs. With the help of clever Hedgie, she substitutes an acorn, a strawberry, a mushroom and finally a potato in her nest. But nothing stops that Tomten until the little hedgehog hides in Henny''s nest: when the Tomten reaches in to get his morning treat, all he gets is a handful of prickles. He runs home for porridge and never comes back again! Intricate needlepoint patterns of Scandinavian designs frame the characters reacting from the borders in this beautiful picture book set in Denmark.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Jan Brett''s richly illustrated take on a classic tale—it''s just right! Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett''s lavish illustrations for this classic tale, full of details and surprises, gives this edition a special flair. Children will marvel at the enchanted world created herein.

Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve?
Every year, trolls knock down Kyri''s door and gobble up her Christmas feast. But this year, the trolls are in for a surprise: a boy and his pet ice bear on their way to Oslo have come in from the cold. And once the ice bear is finished with the trolls, you can bet they won''t come knocking next Christmas Eve! Once again, Jan Brett creates an original Christmas story full of warmth and magic. Featuring beautiful borders, intricate illustrations, and a stunning display of the Northern Lights, Who''s That Knocking on Christmas Eve? will rightfully take its place among Jan''s Christmas favorites with the whole family.

Christmas Trolls

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Christmas Trolls
Christmas is Treva''s favorite time of the year. But this year, decorations and presents are mysteriously disappearing. When Treva follows a small creature making off with the Christmas pudding, she discovers two irresistible trolls who want to have Christmas, but don''t understand it. Jan Brett''s trademark luminous paintings give readers a magical Christmas full of surprises.

Armadillo Rodeo

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Armadillo Rodeo
When Bo spots what he thinks is a "rip-roarin'', rootin''-tootin'', shiny red armadillo," he knows what he has to do. Follow that armadillo! Bo leaves his mother and three brothers behind and takes off for a two-stepping, bronco-bucking adventure. Jan Brett turns her considerable talents toward the Texas countryside in this amusing story of an armadillo on his own.

Comet's Nine Lives

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Comet's Nine Lives
It all begins when Comet walks away from the lighthouse close to his birthplace on Nantucket Island. He visits a garden, a bookstore, a boat, and a party, and at each place he gets into trouble and loses one of his lives. Comet starts to worry. He longs for a home, a place where he’ll be safe. Will he find one before he uses up all nine lives?

Town Mouse Country Mouse

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Town Mouse Country Mouse
Mice overflowing with personality and richly detailed settings make this a favorite edition of the classic tale. Jan Brett introduces two engaging mouse couples eager to get away from their everyday lives. But when they agree to swap homes, they are plunged into unexpected adventures at every turn. In a story filled with suspense and humor, lush green country scenes alternate with the elegant details of a fine Victorian townhouse, making this a breathtakingly beautiful picture book.

Trouble with Trolls

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Trouble with Trolls
Trolls sure know how to make trouble, but Treva is too smart and wily to fall for their tricks! Treva''s trouble with trolls begins when she climbs Mount Baldy with her dog Tuffi. The trolls who live there long for a dog, and they try to kidnap him. But Treva is brave and quick-thinking. She outwits one troll after another until she reaches the very top of the mountain, where five trolls are waiting--and they want her dog! From underground to mountain peak, Jan Brett''s story is filled with adventure and eye-catching detail.

Daisy Comes Home

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Daisy Comes Home
A hertwarming tale from the beloved author of The Mitten Mei Mei has the six happiest hens in China. She gives them treats and fresh hay baths, and when she calls to them-gu gu gu gu gu!-they all run to her as fast as they can. But one of the hens, Daisy, is not always so happy. The other hens pick on Daisy and push her off the perch every night, knowing that she is too small to stand up to them. Then one day Daisy accidentally drifts out onto the river in a basket and must quickly learn how to survive. When Daisy finds her way home, this plucky little hen is no longer afraid. Jan Brett and her husband, Joe, traveled with their daughter-in-law, Yun, and her husband, Sean, to China, the land where Yun was born. During this trip, Jan found the inspiration for Daisy''s story.

Berlioz the Bear

release date: Apr 26, 2016
Berlioz the Bear
A "Reading Rainbow" Feature Title Zum, zum, buzz.... zum, zum, buzz... What''s that strange buzz coming from the double bass? Berlioz has no time to investigate, because he and his bear orchestra are due at the gala ball in the village square at eight. But Berlioz is so worried about his buzzing bass that he steers the mule and his bandwagon full of magicians into a hole in the road and gets stuck. Time is running out, and if a rooster, a cat, a billy goat, a plow horse, and an ox can''t rescue the bandwagon, who can? As the suspense mounts, intricate borders reveal the village animals making their way to the square one by one. When the clock chimes eight, the animals, ready to dance, have filled the square-but there''s no sign of Berlioz. Jan Brett''s glorious illustrations invite the eye to linger over exquisite details and humorous nuances that enhance the story. This delightful cumulative tale is one that will be looked at again and again.

The Hat

release date: Jan 01, 2016
The Hat
A delightfully original companion book to Jan Brett''s bestseller The Mitten. When Lisa''s woolen stocking flies off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and pokes his nose in. He tries to pull it out, but the stocking gets stuck on his prickles -- and the fun begins. A mother hen comes by, then a noisy goose, a talkative barn cat, a playful farm dog, a mama pig and her piglets, and a pony. They all laugh at Hedgie, especially when he pretends he''s wearing a new hat. But in the end, it is clever Hedgie who has the last laugh. And where is Lisa when all of this is going on? She''s in Jan Brett''s signature borders, getting ready for winter, until she realizes her stocking is missing and she enters the story to look for it. Luminous paintings of a Scandinavian farm and the forest around it are bathed in northern light, as the snow begins to fall and the adventure unfolds.

The Turnip

release date: Nov 03, 2015
The Turnip
In a rollicking, cumulative tale, a badger family and their friends–Hedgie, Mr. Ram and Vanya, the horse–struggle to pull up a giant turnip. A cocky rooster steps in and pulls, sending him into the air, holding onto the turnip. No one knows that a mother bear in her underground den has kicked the turnip up through the soil to give the family room to sleep through the winter. Once again Jan Brett brings an original twist to a favorite folktale. Snow covers the farm in rural Russia as badgers and friends in old-fashioned clothes, and bears marching through bright-colored borders, send young readers laughing from page to page.

The First Dog

release date: Jan 01, 2015
The First Dog
In an exciting tale of adventure in prehistoric times, set against a spectacular Ice Age landscape, Kip the Cave Boy and Paleowolf each face hunger and danger, and when they decide to join forces to help one another, Paleowolf becomes the first domesticated dog.

Cinders

release date: Nov 05, 2013
Cinders
Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don''t recognize her. Jan travelled to Russia and readers will be in awe of the Ice Palace aglow under a deep blue moonlit sky, exquisite ball gowns on the comely pullets, uniforms with gold braids and buttons on the cockerels, striking Russian architecture transformed into ice in the borders, and a very funny flock of chickens who provide an appealing, original look at this snowy Cinderella. Readers will find these dressed up chickens comical as they pour over the extravagant setting, including a "WOW"-inducing double gatefold of chicken couples whirling around the ballroom. A feast for the eyes sure to become a perennial favorite.

Mossy

release date: Sep 18, 2012
Mossy
Who will help Mossy return home to Lilypad Pond? Mossy, an amazing turtle with a gorgeous garden growing on her shell, loses her freedom when Dr. Carolina, a biologist, takes her to live in her Edwardian museum. Visitors flock to see Mossy, but it is Dr. Carolina''s niece, Tory, who notices how sad Mossy is living in a viewing pavilion. She misses the outdoors and her friend, Scoot. Dr. Carolina finds a way to keep the spirit of Mossy alive at the museum. She invites Flora and Fauna to paint Mossy''s portrait. Then she and Tory take Mossy home, where Scoot is waiting for her. Jan Brett fans will pore over the colorful paintings of Lilypad Pond and lush borders displaying wildflowers, ferns, butterflies and birds in contrast to elegant spreads of the museum filled with visitors in stylish Edwardian dress and exquisite borders of shells, rocks, crystals and birds'' eggs. MOSSY gives readers a fascinating look at nature in the wild and on display in a natural history museum.
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