Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean is an artist who has taught painting, drawing and art, but is now a full-time painter and illustrator of children's books. Janet and Andrew McLean have created a number of popular and award-winning picture books together, including Hector and Maggie, Dog Tales, Cat's Whiskers and Josh. Many of the other books illustrated by Andrew have received awards from the Children's Book Council of Australia. My Dog, written by John Heffernan, won Book of the Year for Younger Readers; You'll Wake the Baby by Catherine Jinks, and A Year on Our Farm by Penny Matthews, won the Book of the Year award in the Early Childhood category.

Andrew   'I grew up in the Victorian country town of Bairnsdale, in a Cape Cod house that my father built. From the dormer windows in my bedroom I could see over the paddocks and lakes on one side and the town on the other. When I was a child I liked drawing. I trained as a painter and teacher and would not have started illustrating picture books if I hadn't married a kindergarten teacher.'

The McLeans have won popularity and acclaim for their picture books. Andrew's spirited illustrations and Janet's friendly stories encourage young children to look and listen and think.