Jan Brett lives in a Seacoast town in Massachusetts close to where she grew up. She has over 40 million books in print and takes extensive research trips all over the world to craft the intricate details in her books. Her life-like illustrations of animals, landscapes, and cultural flourishes are adored for their classic beauty. Other fascinating areas of her life include being: an award-winning breeder of ornamental fowl (fancy chickens!), a 12-time Boston Marathon runner; and a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees.