Brynne Barnes

Author. Educator. Speaker. Poet.

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"Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to color. And writing is just like coloring...but with words."
Since Brynne Barnes was a child, she was determined to fly; reading and writing has always made her feel like she could. In classrooms all over the country -- and the world -- she likes to remind young readers that they, too, have wings. Her debut book, Colors of Me (Sleeping Bear Press), is a 2012 Gelett Burgess Award Winner, a 2012 Friends of American Writers Literary Award Winner, and an Award-Winning Finalist in the Hardcover Fiction Category of the 2011 "Best Books" Awards sponsored by USA Book News. Brynne's most recently-released picture book, the "clever, magical" 2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers, Books Do Not Have Wings (Sleeping Bear Press), is available now.


"This is not a book. It's a loony look. A clever, rhythmic, rhyming, rollicking, magical celebration of whimsy and words that soar off the page. But if this were a book -- with incredibly inspiring illustrations -- it would surely hook young readers." 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander

This whimsical, rhyming tale whirls readers through all the fantastic things that can be found between the pages of a book. From a pirate adventure to a fairy fete, this rhyming text is accompanied by gorgeous, thought-provoking illustrations. Books Do Not Have Wings guides the reader along on this journey that answers the question: what is a book?

"In her whimsical debut author Brynne Barnes celebrates the colors of our world." -- E.B. Lewis

Intriguing collage illustrations frame this playful rhyme told through the eyes of a curious, creative young child who determines the whole world is full of color. Would I climb a tree striped orange and blue? Does the rain have a color when it makes a puddle? If flowers had no color, would they smell as sweet? The child comes to realize and appreciate a world filled with all colors that paint the earth and sky--and decides she'd like to be them all.

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