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About Us

About Noni Morton


Noni Morton began creating bedtime stories for her grandchildren several years ago. She chose her cats to be the main characters in the stories and introduced a supporting cast from real wild animals that live in the woods on her remote Northern California property. The stories unfold with a diverse, wacky cast of cats, a bear, some turtles and a wood rat. All sharing thrills, tears, joy, and adventure with Barney and his race-car. Barney Tales are richly layered, bedtime stories that are full of adventure, mystery and fun with lovable characters that display emotional depth and compassion.

Our Art Department

The Illustrator

Our books are lovingly illustrated by Amanda Freemantle, an award winning freelance artist living in Eureka, California.  For information on Amanda, please visit her website.


Design and Technology Specialist

Rick Blumquist is our Design and Technology Specialist. Applying his designing graphics style to uniquely merge text with illustrations. Rick brings over three decades of experience to the Barney Tales Collection. Living in Warren, PA, his business “Moments In Art” creates high quality prints for fine art and photography. He is also a calligrapher and digital artist.


Art Director

Deborah Morton rounds out the Art Department working as the Art Director. Coordinating the Illustrator and the Graphic Designer, Deborah conceptualizes the artwork inspired by the text from each page. Deborah has been intimately involved in the creation of the Barney Tales Collection from it’s inception. Living in Northern California, she and Noni work closely together to make Barney Tales a fun and educational project.