Mac Barnett

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Mac Barnett
Barnett at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
Barnett at the 2018 Texas Book Festival
BornCastro Valley, California, United States
Alma materPomona College
GenreChildren's books

Mac Barnett is an American writer of children's books living in Oakland, California.

Barnett graduated from Pomona College, where he studied under the writer David Foster Wallace.[1]

Extra Yarn, a picture book illustrated by Jon Klassen, won the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and 2013 E.B. White Read Aloud Award. It was a Caldecott Medal Honor Book. Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, won a Caldecott Honor and the 2015 E.B. White Read Aloud Award.



  1. The Case of the Case Mistaken Identity, illustrated by Adam Rex (Oct 6, 2009)
  2. The Ghostwriter Secret, illus. Adam Rex (Oct 5, 2010)
  3. It Happened on a Train, illus. Adam Rex (Oct 4, 2011)
  4. Danger Goes Berserk, illus. Matthew Myers (Oct 2, 2013)
  • The Terrible Two - By Mac Barnett and Jory John, with illustrations by Kevin Cornell (Amulet Books)
  1. The Terrible Two (January 2015)
  2. The Terrible Two Get Worse (January 2016)
  3. The Terrible Two Go Wild (January 2018)
  4. The Terrible Two's Last Laugh (January 2019)
  • Mac Barnett Kid Spy - By Mac Barnett , with illustrations by Mike Lowery
  1. Mac Barnett Kid Spy Mac Undercover (September 2018)
  2. Mac Barnett The Impossible Crime (December 2018)
  3. Mac Barnett and The Top Secret Smackdown (March 2019)
  4. Mac B. Kid spy: Mac crack the code (December 2019)
  5. Mac B. Kid spy: The sound of danger (September 2020)
  6. Mac B. Kid spy: Mac saves the world (May 2021)

Picture books[edit]

  • Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, illustrated by Adam Rex (Hyperion Books, June 23, 2009)
  • Guess Again!, illustrated by Adam Rex (Simon & Schuster, September 15, 2009)
  • The Clock without a Face: a Gus Twintig mystery (McSweeney's, April 27, 2010) – "by Scott Teplin, Mac Barnett & Eli Horowitz; plus faces by Adam Rex & numbers by Anna Sheffield" OCLC 460054415, board book LCCN 2011-282077
  • Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World), illustrated by Dan Santat (Hyperion, June 1, 2010)
  • Mustache!, illustrated by Kevin Cornell (Hyperion, October 25, 2011)
  • Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Balzer + Bray, January 17, 2012)
  • Chloe and the Lion, illustrated by Adam Rex (Hyperion, April 3, 2012)
  • Oh No, Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade), illustrated by Dan Santat (Hyperion, June 5, 2012)
  • Count the Monkeys, illustrated by Kevin Cornell, (Hyperion, June 24, 2012)
  • Battle Bunny (S&S, 2013) – "by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and Alex; pictures by Matthew Myers but mostly Alex." OCLC 804490869, LCCN 2012-25515
  • President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press, 2014) LCCN 2013-943103
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press, Oct 2014) LCCN 2013-955959
  • Telephone, illustrated by Jen Corace (Chronicle Books, September 2014) LCCN 2013-40706
  • Rules of the House, illustrated by Matthew Myers (Hyperion, Apr 2015) LCCN 2014-15780
  • The Skunk, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell (Roaring Book Press, Apr 2015)
  • Leo: A Ghost Story, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • How This Book Was Made, illustrated by Adam Rex (Disney-Hyperion, Sep 2016)
  • The Magic Word, illustrated by Elise Parsley
  • Noisy Night, illustrated by Brian Biggs
  • Triangle, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Square, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Circle, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Places to Be, illustrated by Renata Liwska
  • I Love You Like a Pig, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
  • The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Short fiction[edit]

  • "Best of Friends", Funny Business (Guys Read, 1), ed. Jon Scieszka (NY: Walden Pond Press, 2010) OCLC 758985737



  1. ^ "The quirky lives of childrens' book writers – Part 1". Ratna Kamath. Bookshelf. October 12, 2011. Pomona College. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  2. ^ Mac Barnett ( About; Brixton Brothers. Retrieved 2014-07-03.
  3. ^ a b admin (1999-11-30). "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. ^ "Past Winners (Irma Black Award)". Bank Street College of Education. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Die Sieger des Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreises 2020". Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur. Retrieved October 16, 2020.

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