>I have it on good authority that when Jan Brett was asked how she paints the incredibly intricate borders of her popular picture books she replied, “an inch an hour.” But you can ask her yourself by entering (and, duh, winning) her contest for a free school or library visit. Just be the school or library who gets the most people to “like” Jan on Facebook. I love the tip on winning: “The teachers and parents from the school went to all the nearby assisted living housing and asked the residents to help out by sending in entries. They won!” Now that‘s ruthless.
>Win Jan Brett
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.