Meet Gill McBarnet

March 15, 2019

We are so excited to have Gill McBarnet here that we are staying open late on Friday! Come to Basically Books at 5:30 on March 15 to a special after-hours event to talk story with the Maui author and illustrator Gill McBarnet, who has produced 14 books and is now asking herself, "What now??" She will be reading from her children’s books, many of which highlight sea creatures.

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. The McBarnet family’s book business has existed for more than 3 decades.

From the first book, The Whale Who Wanted to be Small, to her latest book, The Magical Journey from Hawaii, it's been an incredible journey.

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 since they were “tiny tots.”  Watching Mom illustrate her stories, Gill’s children were inspired to do their own “picture stories.”
Whenever she can, Gill enjoys visiting Hawaii’s schools and libraries. In addition to reading her stories, she sometimes talks about the publishing process – a simplified version of what it takes to produce a book. In turn, it’s a pleasure to see the illustrations and stories that children produce.


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