Barnaby the Bear is real! “Barnaby” was a stuffed bear that first belonged to my grandmother, and then, a generation later, my mother. He was well-worn and tattered with a few little holes by the time my mother gave him to me. I held his hand on the first day of school and he was a frequent visitor at “show and tell.”

Years later, while I was a student at Parsons School of Design in New York City, I discovered Nantucket and fell in love with the Island. I decided to combine my love of writing and drawing and create a book about Barnaby, a Nantucket Bear. That is how it all began!

20 years later, I am still living on the Island, creating new adventures about Barnaby and raising two young girls, Annecy and Ondine.

The Barnaby Bear adventures are created from my own childhood memories and they draw from the simpler things in life.

Enjoy Barnaby!

Wendy Rouillard