Bob Barner is the creator of many popular children’s books including Dem Bones, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! And Fish Wish. He graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design and worked as an art director and illustrator before starting his career in publishing. One of his first jobs after moving to Boston to begin his career was working as an artist for famous cartoonist Al Capp on the popular Li’l Abner comic strip. After several other art director positions he quit his day job to begin his career as a full time illustrator for advertising and publishing. Working for clients like the New England Aquarium, The Boston Globe, Pan Am, Houghton Mifflin, Little Brown, Boston Museum of Science, Scholastic, Cricket Magazine, and Chronicle Books he has developed his collage art style and a broad range of creative expertise.
Today he works largely in the field of design, illustration and writing for non-fiction picture books for young readers ages 4 to 8. When he is not in his San Francisco studio he likes to present his work to students at schools and libraries around the world. His books are in print in French, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Five of his titles have been developed into award winning videos and set to music. He has recently performed some of his rhyming text as songs for inclusion in the e-book versions of his books. He lives with his wife Catherine in San Francisco.