About the Author
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 13 books she has written to date.
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”.
(pictured with daughter, Tara)
Gift Box Spotlight
View our latest Gift Boxes featuring Hawaiian Children's Books by Gill McBarnet. For children ages 0-8!
Colorful, cute T shirt - fun way for kids to learn Hawaiian words.
This this is soo cute and the print is adorable. I got the matching swaddle can’t wait for baby girl to arrive to use this cute security blanket...I may use it as a burp cloth it’s so soft!
Super Adorbs and super soft!
CJ loved his new T-shirt and wore it right away.
My granddaughters LOVED their matching new dresses and we’re excited to show them off. The fit is perfect and the material super soft and comfortable.
Wonderful gift for a baby shower. The parents to be love it.
Very fast shipping and delivery. I would definitely recommend these gifts to any of my friends,
With an array of the most colorful and delightful books written by Gill McBarnet and other gifts to go with them, it's so easy to shop for gifts to send off to family and friends. The handmade mermaid and Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii book were a perfect gift for my granddaughter! Hawaiian Children's Books and Gifts beautifully packs and ships gift sets over a certain price, making it so easy for the customer!
“Oooo!!”.. was my 6 year old granddaughter’s reaction to little chick, and she’s been snuggling it and keeping care of it ever since. Soft and fluffy -adorable!
The illustrations in this book are so beautifully painted. I love the added attention to detail of including Hawaiian words in the frame of the pages too!
Love the color and design of this t-shirt!
Love these flower sunglasses! Got them as a gift for my friend’s two year old. Will definitely buy again.
This was a wonderful gift set that I sent to my 2 year old niece. The item can be personalized and arrived quickly. My niece loves the book and the little toy that comes along with it. Thank you Hawaiian Children Books. A great and easy gift!
Lovely verse all the way through, and every verse shows aspects of life for a child in Hawaii: from plantation house & yard, to forests, the ocean, baby lu'au, agriculture, fishing etc. Lots of detail in the colorful illustrations, and older kids can even learn some Hawaiian words and a little history and legends as well!
I'll be giving this to a new baby boy, along with the new book "Our Island Home". Soft, easy to grab starfish, with friendly little smile. Think I'll get a couple more of these sweet rattles for new baby gifts.
These rosy dark glasses are VERY cute. Dainty yet sturdy, for my 'nearly-5' year old!