Before he began his career as an author and illustrator of children's books, he graduated from New York University with a BFA in Film Studies and worked for many years in film and television on both coasts. He has written and illustrated several books, both trade and mass-market, for such clients as Henry Holt & Co., Little Brown & Co, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic, HarperCollins, The Jim Henson Company and Between the Lions, among others. One book released in 2018, The Bat Can Bat, features a number of caricatures of Muppet and Henson professionals.
Gene Barretta served as character designer for the Jim Henson Company's Late Night Buffet with Augie and Del and Tinseltown. He sketched the original designs for Augie, Del, Louzia and her monkeys, Samson, Bobby, and many others. He also served as a storyboard artist on Muppets from Space.
Gene's book awards/honors include, a nomination for the 2021 NAACP Image Award for "The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver;" the 2013 Cook Prize Honor Title from Bank Street College of Education for "Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives;" and the 2007 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association for "Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin."
Gene Barretta currently resides outside Philadelphia, PA with his son, Benjamin.
Sesame Street Films
|Picture||Title / First Appearance||Credits|
|"Budgie #10 - Song"
|"Animal Sign: Picnic"
|"Washington: None - Some - All"
|"C in Space"
Non-Henson Illustrator & Author Credits
- The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver
- The Bat Can Bat: A Book of True Homonyms
- Muhammad Ali: A Champion is Born
- Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare
- Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door
- Pirates on the Farm
- Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives
- Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin
- Deer Dear: A Book of Homophones
- Jack the Tripper
- Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci
- Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs
- Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog
- Sheetzucacapoopoo: Max Goes to the Dogs
- The Between the Lions Book for Parents
- Between the Lions: Knock, Knock Who's There (written by Christopher Cerf)
- Between the Lions: Leona’s Mix & Match (written by Christopher Cerf)
- Between the Lions: Snow Day
- Booktivity: Detective Kit (Golden Books)
- Booktivity: Face Painting (Golden Books)
- Bugs (Golden Books)
- Dinosaurs (Golden Books)
- The Doodletop Book
- The Eye of the Ruby
- Journey, Easter Journey
- Merry Creature Christmas
- Off to Plymouth Rock
- On Christmas Morning
- On Top of Spaghetti