Ned Barraud is a Wellington-based illustrator and writer whose non-fiction books introduce children to the natural world around them and encourage them to explore it.
BARRAUD, Ned (1976 - ) was born in Nelson and currently resides in Wellington. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in illustration, from the Massey University School of Design in 2000. An illustrator and writer of non-fiction books for children, from 2005 - 2019 he worked as a texture painter at Weta Digital.
Barraud illustrated all six books in the award-winning Explore & Discover series, published by Potton & Burton and written by Gillian Candler. The first in the series, At the Beach: Explore and Discover the New Zealand Seashore (2012), won the Elsie Locke Non-fiction Award; In the Garden: Explore and Discover the New Zealand Backyard (2013) and Under the Ocean: Explore and Discover New Zealand’s Sea Life (2014) were both recognised as Storylines Notable Non-fiction Books; From Moa to Dinosaurs: Explore and Discover Ancient New Zealand (2016) was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Non-fiction category.
Barraud published his only work of fiction, Moonman, in 2014 (Potton & Burton).
He subsequently returned to non-fiction as the author of Watch Out for the Weka (Potton & Burton, 2017), Backyard Beasts (Potton & Burton, 2018) – named a Storylines Notable Non-Fiction Book – Tohora: The Southern Right Whale (Potton & Burton, 2019), and Rock Pools: A Guide for Kiwi Kids (Potton & Burton, 2019).
Barraud now combines writing and illustrating from home with caring full-time for his children.
MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS
Ned Barraud’s website
The Reader reviews In the Garden: Explore and Discover the New Zealand Backyard
Bobs Books Blog reviews From Moa to Dinosaurs: Explore and Discover Ancient New Zealand
RNZ National reviews At the Beach: Explore and Discover the New Zealand Seashoreand Tohora: The Southern Right Whale
Backcountry: Quarterly Bulletin of the Federated Mountain Clubs interview with Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler
The Sapling interviews Ned Barraud: A Day in the Life of an Illustrator
Updated May 2020.