About Gill McBarnet

Gill (“Jill”) McBarnet was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa. She and her Hawaii-raised husband Terry moved to Maui in 1983 where she wrote her first children’s book about whales.

With a background in both teaching and publishing in Zimbabwe, Gill has applied these skills to writing, illustrating and publishing the 14 books she has written to date. Check out some of Gill’s illustrations from various titles, including bestseller “The Goodnight Gecko” — along with “Happy as a Dolphin,” “The Gift of Aloha,” “The Shark Who Learned a Lesson.”

Gill draws inspiration for her stories from the people, animals and lifestyle that surrounds her, particularly her children (Eddie, Will and Tara) who have been giving her ideas for over 30 years – since they were “tiny tots”.  Watching Mom illustrate her stories, Gill’s children were inspired to do their own “picture stories”.

From a whale who wanted to be small,  a brave little turtle,  a contrary gecko,  a bullying shark to a group of playful  “Rainbow Mermaids”, Gill has explored a variety of Hawaiian themes. Now, she’s inspired to produce stories for the NEXT generation and her newest book is dedicated to her first grandchild, Max.


Gill McBarnet’s Books

The Goodnight Gecko

A little gecko surprises his mother by telling her he doesn’t want to come out at night, that he prefers the day “…when it’s sunny and bright.” Mother gecko explains that night time is the best time for geckos, and reassuringly introduces him to some of the delightful sights of a Hawaiian night. For over… [Read More]

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