Award-winning children’s author Jan Brett coming to Milford on Sunday

MILFORD – If you have children, know of children, or was once a child yourself, then you’ve probably been exposed to the stunning work of children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett.

Brett has more than 38 million books in print and regularly occupies the No. 1 slot on the New York Times best seller list.

While she is known for her beautiful drawings and books, which are inspired by nature and a Swedish influence, what some people may not know, is that Brett is also an award-winning breeder of fancy Polish hens.

Her new book, “Cinders: A chicken Cinderella” is inspired by her love of chickens and her very own flock of more than 75 award-winning birds.

At 4 p.m.,On Monday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m., Brett will come to the Amato Center for the Performing Arts at 54 Mont Vernon Road, Milford, on her 24-market national tour for “Cinders” to talk about chickens and her new book, which is a “chicken fairy tale” based on the story of Cinderella.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the event.

The urban poultry trend continues to grow by leaps and bounds with high-grade chicken coops being sold by Williams-Sonoma, coop tours taking place in cities across America, strong sales of pet chicken supplies (including chicken diapers), and Backyard Poultry magazine’s robust circulation of more than 100,000. And now, Brett has contributed a beautiful chicken story and art to the poultry community.

As more people are discovering the joys of having a flock in their backyard, more people are looking into getting chickens. These days, it seems like everyone is interested in getting chickens either for food, eggs or as company and entertainment. Having a flock has even become trendy. Along with Brett, other high-profile backyard chicken keepers include Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Barbara Streisand, Chevy Chase, Tori Spelling, Prince Charles, Hilary Swank, Miley Cyrus, John Cleese, Elizabeth Hurley, Jerry Hall and more.

For more information about this visiting author event, contact the Milford Toadstool Book inat Lorden Plaza at 673-1734 or email books@mtoad.com.

– WENDY THOMAS