About Bob


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.


3 thoughts on “About Bob

    • Dear Mr. Barner, I am an Librarian at a small school named St. Irene in Warrenville, Il 60555. I have the joy of helping Pre-Schoolers to 8th. graders,find the love of reading any books, they may pick-up.Not just the ones that look good to them. To make long story short, We have the book by the name of Sea Bones, I would love to get all of your books for our Pre-Schoolers ages 3yrs. to 5yrs. I will be going to our school broad about a grant to take care of this myself, But I had to tell YOU your books have put a big smile on my face. Thank You again for writing so many great books for little eyes to see. Mrs. Ann Naven

  1. Today when we celebrate “The day of the dead” I can’t forget the day you visited my school ASFM in Monterrey Mexico. I hope you continue embracing our culture. I hope you still enlightening children with your stories as you did with us. A little prayer for you and my best wishes

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