Portrait of Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean is a painter and illustrator; Janet is a kindergarten teacher. The McLeans have won popularity and acclaim for their picture books.

His spirited illustrations and Janet’s friendly stories encourage young children to look and listen and think.

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