McLean receives inaugural $10k Albert Ullin Award
Andrew McLean is the winner of the inaugural Albert Ullin Award.
The $10,000 biennial award, created with a bequest from the late The Little Book Room co-founder Albert Ullin, is for a children’s book creator ‘in recognition of a body of work by an author or illustrator of children’s books who has made a significant and ongoing contribution to children’s literature in Australia’. It is awarded via a panel selection process and administered by the CBCA.
The panel’s award citation said McLean is ‘an inspired illustrator’ who has illustrated over 40 picture books.
‘Trained as a fine artist, his illustration career spans 42 years. Andrew has collaborated with a number of authors, most famously with his wife Janet, creating a treasure trove of classic picture books, including The Riverboat Crew (OUP); Josh (A&U); A Year on Our Farm (Omnibus); My Dog (Margaret Hamilton Books); and, most recently, To the Bridge: The Journey of Lennie and Ginger Mick (Walker Books).
‘His books include stories of all sorts, but whether whimsical or dramatic, contemporary or historical, for babies or older readers, Andrew’s illustrations celebrate our landscape, life and character uniquely.’
The award was presented in an online event on 19 October.