Lindsay Barrett George

   Lindsay was born in the Dominican Republic. As a child, she knew that she wanted to draw, that she needed to make marks on paper. And, if paper was not available, any blank surface would do, especially the brown paper bags from the grocery store.

   George began her education at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts from 1972-1973. She went on to earn a BFA degree from Manhattanville College in 1974. She also received an MA and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1984 Barrett married William George, with whom she had two children.

   Though she has been painting since she was young, she did not write her first book until after she was married. In 1987, after she and her husband had moved to Pennsylvania, she wrote and illustrated William and Boomer.

   George writes and illustrates books for children that teach them about nature and the animals that can be observed therein. She has also illustrated books her late husband William wrote. George’s books have been praised for their accurate view of nature, their accessibility for children, and their helpfulness in teaching classes on nature.

   George’s most popular books are from the “Long Pond” and “Who’s Been Here?” series. In 1990 she won the Carolyn Field Award, the top prize of the Pennsylvania Library Association. The National Science Teacher’s Association/Children’s Book Center chose Beaver at Long Pond, Box Turtle at Long Pond, and Fishing at Long Pond as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children. The Library of Congress chose Box Turtle at Long Pond as a Children’s Book of the Year, and Fishing at Long Pond was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a Pick of the Lists book.

   The Pennsylvania Center for the Book selected George’s Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse as a 2004 Baker’s Dozen Best Book for Family Literacy. In 2006 the committee for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program selected Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse to launch its initiative for connecting early book experiences with the development of reading skills. George continues to live and write in White Mills, Pennsylvania.

Selected Reviews of Lindsay’s Books

That Pup!
Lindsay Barrett George
   Who can resist a cute little puppy, fashionably attired in a bandana and playing in the backyard–especially when pictured in George’s signature brightly colored but realistic style? However, this book offers much more than cute pictures. This day the little puppy’s playing involves finding acorns all over the backyard, on what is clearly a beautiful autumn day. But when the puppy gets to ten she bumps into a squirrel–who can be found hiding on all the pages up to this one. When the squirrel points out that she has carefully hidden all the acorns, the puppy helps her put them back. In addition to the counting aspect of the story, there is a good use of directional language to help spatial thinking. The spare text is has an appealing conversational tone; the way it is printed in large type and the close picture text match may invite emerging readers to try reading it for themselves. Teachers and parents of preK and kindergarten age children are likely to find many ways to return to this book again and again. 2011, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $16.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry (Children’s Literature).

Maggie’s Ball
Lindsay Barrett George
   This charming, brightly illustrated picture book is a great choice for very young readers and listeners. The easy to follow story of a puppy who loses her ball and has to find it in the town in which she lives will definitely engage the preschool reader. Repetition of words and sentence patterns provides solid cues as to how stories unfold and how certain words work in sentences. The illustrations are vivid and lifelike, with solid attention paid to various facial emotions, especially those of Maggie the puppy as she searches for her lost ball. Bright colors reinforce the positive feel of this book as well as the genuinely friendly interactions among characters. There is a general feeling of goodwill throughout the book that also supports the underlying idea that children can look for help in their community and that neighbors are there as friends. Any young reader will respond positively to this fun text. 2010, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, $16.99. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D. (Children’s Literature).

Alfred Digs
Lindsay Barrett George
   Once again this well known author/illustrator has come through with another winner. Alfred is a young aardvark whose beloved pet is an ant named Itty Bitty. Alfred and his mother live in the dictionary on the “A” page. Like all aardvarks, Alfred loves to dig. When Itty Bitty escapes from her ant farm and heads for a visit to the zoo, Alfred follows by digging through the dictionary all the way to the letter “W.” Here he uses his long and sticky tongue to rescue Itty Bitty from a very hungry woodpecker. Suddenly they hear a noise that gets louder and more frantic until Mama appears and confronts the woodpecker. Since Itty Bitty still wants to go to the zoo, they dig down until they reach the zoo and have a wonderful visit. When it is time to return home, Mr. Zebra gladly flies them out of the dictionary in his beautifully colored blimp back to their home on page “A.” Everyone is exhausted and soon all are in the land of zzzz. The ink-and-watercolor illustrations are vivid and perfectly match the text while giving the story added depth. Children are sure to delight in hearing or reading this charming and clever tale. Purchase is recommended. 2008, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $ 17.89. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth (Children’s Literature).

Program Details

Lindsay’s programs are designed for K-6 students. Each presentation focuses on the process involved with creating her picture books. She shares two books in each presentation, concluding with a drawing/illustration project. She will address small groups, but the maximum group size is 300. Lindsay will make 3-4 presentations on one day. Her fee for an entire day, including an evening presentation to parents and children, begins at $1500.

Travel and lodging – Travel and lodging costs must be covered by the booking organization.

Additional Information

To learn more about Lindsay and her publications please visit www.lindsaybarrettgeorge.com.