Andrew McLean – inaugural recipient – Albert Ullin Award

On 19 October, the talented Andrew McLean was named the inaugural recipient of the Albert Ullin Award – an award created with a bequest from the late The Little Book Room co-founder Albert Ullin. The award is ‘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’.

I have had the privilege of working with Andrew on two special books, the most recent one, To the Bridge, released in March this year and Bob the Railway Dog, released in 2015 and still going strong. Both books were published by Walker Books Australia (Bob the Railway Dog originally Black Dog Books.)

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If you’d like to read more about Andrew McLean and also about To the Bridge, visit the Books Illustrated Website – here are the links: and

To hear from me about writing and research for To the Bridge, please visit Sue Lawson’s Portable Magic here:

If you look back through my blog posts from March/April this year, you can read about the launch and background to creating To the Bridge.

Andrew’s first picture book written by his wife, Janet.

Below is what Andrew posted about receiving his award:

‘I am very proud to have been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Albert Ullin Award. Albert and his Little Book Room were Melbourne Institutions over many decades. The Little Book Room is still celebrating and selling Children’s Books in Nicholson Street, Carlton North today. Albert was a great mentor to Janet and I, and many others.Our first book the Riverboat Crew was first published in 1978, and To the Bridge was published this year.( 2020)Thank you to Karys McEwen for to such a wonderful job of moderating the Zoom Presentation of the Award, and to everyone involved at CBCA Vic.

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