Barbara McClintock

Illustrator's Show 2012
Richard Michelson and Barbara McClintock at R. Michelson Galleries

After attending Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota, Barbara McClintock moved to New York City a week following her 20th birthday on the recommendation of Maurice Sendak, whom she called to ask advice about how to become a children’s book illustrator. She studied briefly at The Art Students League of New York. McClintock worked for Jim Henson illustrating books for his Fraggle Rock cable television series early in her career.

Her books have won numerous awards, including five New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor award (2003, for Dahlia ), two Time Magazine Best Books, eight NY Public Library 100 Recommended Books, a Golden Kite award, two Parents Choice, an ALA Notable Book, a NEBA, starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, SLJ, Kirkus and Horn Book. The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre made a ballet/opera of her book Animal Fables From Aesop.

Watch Barbara McClintock’s interview on One on One, Live at Two!

Barbara speaks from her studio in April 2020


Barbara McClintock at the Kyobunkan Museum

Photos from the opening of the Mary and The Mouse exhibit at the Kyobunkan Museum in Tokyo, Japan.  In 2016, the museum had an exhibit of a selection of watercolors and preparatory drawings from Mary and The Mouse, an extremely popular children’s book in Japan!