Children's author Jan Brett visited Spokane in October and graciously gave us some of her time to do a Success By 6: My Favorite Book spot at the Bing Crosby Theater.
Her favorite book from childhood is a Beatrix Potter classic- "Samuel Whiskers or the Roly Poly Pudding."
"I loved Beatrix Potter's artwork- those animals looked like they could talk," Brett recalls. "I loved the settings of the beautifully described old houses or farms. The other thing about Beatrix Potter was she always put in a difficult word in with her simple language- so I went away knowing a new word."
It's no surprise that the author of "The Hat," "The Mitten," "Berlioz the Bear," and "Hedgie's Surprise" spent time reading with her parents when she was young.
"My mom loved Beatrix Potter and she read to us every night, but my father was the one who did all the voices. He would always manage to get us all riled up before bedtime!"
Brett stresses how reading together with your child helps you build a strong bond.
"I've met so many young mothers and dad that have this very special relationship with their children as they sit with them turning the pages of a book, pointing out things in the illustrations, answering little questions about it. If the book gets a little scary or if there's something they might not understand, and it's a relationship that blossoms as the child learns to read on their own- they still have that love of books that never stops."
Brett says seeing children enjoy her books is a very rewarding part of being an author.
"I always feel like I do my job when I see a little boy or girl get their pointer finger out and just trace the images in the book with a little smile on their face- as if, in their minds going over what the characters are going to do next as if they could walk into the page."