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Janet Stevens Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1903

Scope and Contents

The Janet Stevens papers contain pencil sketches, watercolor studies, reference images, and notes for the 1995 picture book Tops and Bottoms, as well as one colored pencil work featuring a koala on a stool holding a book.


  • Creation: 1978-circa 1995


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Sketch

Janet Stevens was born January 17, 1953 in Dallas, TX. She attained her Batchelor of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado in 1975. She has been an author and illustrator of children's books since 1979, and has written and illustrated more than 40 titles. Stevens has also done advertising, textile design, and architectural sketching. She has won both the Caldecot Honor and the Parent's Choice Award in 1987, both for The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Biographical Source: "Janet Stevens." Something About the Author. Vol. 148. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2004.


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Language of Materials



The collection sketches and studies for one picture book adapted and illustrated by Stevens, as well as one other piece of art.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Janet Stevens.

Janet Stevens Papers, 1978-circa 1995
Jim Eyer
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Revision Statements

  • June 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library