It started as a bedtime book for her child, and now, 25 years later, it stands as Hawaii’s bestselling children’s book. Author Gill McBarnet says her son Will was the inspiration for The Goodnight Gecko, and she’s still amazed at its success.
In advance of this silver anniversary, her distributor, The Islander Group, encouraged her to design a cover. “Something that would excite people,” she says, “so the commemorative cover for the 25th anniversary has a special gold foil stamp, foil sparkles in the stars and the moon, and a foil border to add further sparkle.”
McBarnet has written 13 children’s books over the past three decades that sold an estimated one million copies combined. What drives her to continue to write new stories? “My children were the inspiration for my earlier books, and now my grandchildren inspire my new books. It warms my heart to know that a generation of kids who I wrote stories for are now reading my stories to their kids. It gives me a wonderful feeling of continuity that the stories will be appreciated for generations to come,” she explains.
She’s hosting a free 25th anniversary storytime reading of The Goodnight Gecko on Saturday, December 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ala Moana Barnes & Noble. “We’ll also be playing a recording of children from the Maui Academy of Performing Arts singing ‘The Goodnight Gecko’s Happy Night Song from their rehearsal. MAPA is doing a live production of the book at the Lahaina Barnes & Noble on December 12 and Maui Ocean Center on December 19.
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