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Barbara Brenner

Author of Wagon Wheels

93+ Works 7,734 Members 81 Reviews

About the Author

Barbara Brenner was born on June 26, 1925, in Brooklyn, New York. Brenner attended Seton Hall College and Rutgers University from 1942-46, while also working as a copy editor at Prudential Insurance Company. Her freelance work as an artist's agent prepared her for a literary life. In 1957 she show more published her first book, Somebody's Slippers, Somebody's Shoes. She followed this book with an educational picture book entitled Barto Takes the Subway, designed to improve reading comprehension and sight vocabulary. Her artistic development continued when she began to collaborate with her husband, illustrator Fred Brenner, on The Flying Patchwork Quilt. Her next book, On the Frontier with Mr. Audubon, was selected by School Library Journal as The Best of the Best among children's books published over 26 seasons. One of her bestselling titles was Wagon Wheels (published in 1978), which deals with the trials and tribulations of a close-knit African American family. In 1986, Brenner was honored with the Pennsylvania School Librarians' Association's Outstanding Pennsylvania Author Award. Brenner's most celebrated book is a collection entitled Voices: Poetry and Art from around the World, for which she was chief editor. This book received an ALA Notable Book for Children mention and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Barbara Benner, Barbara Brenner


Works by Barbara Brenner

Wagon Wheels (1978) 1,696 copies
Where's That Reptile? (1993) 516 copies
Thinking About Ants (1600) 261 copies
Where's That Fish? (1994) 255 copies
Beef Stew (1990) 229 copies
Annie's Pet (1989) 120 copies
One Small Place in a Tree (2004) 106 copies
The Color Bear (1995) 99 copies
Baltimore Orioles (1656) 91 copies
If You Were There in 1776 (1994) 91 copies
The Color Wizard (1989) 65 copies
Hemi: A Mule (1973) 59 copies
Mr. Tall and Mr. Small (1966) 56 copies
Lion and Lamb Step Out (1990) 52 copies
Two Orphan Cubs (1989) 49 copies
Cunningham's Rooster (1975) 42 copies
Faces (1970) 34 copies
Lucky Dog (1977) 32 copies
Bodies (1973) 30 copies
One Small Place by the Sea (2004) 28 copies
The Five Pennies (1963) — Author — 24 copies
The Bank Street Book of Science Fiction (1989) — Editor — 23 copies
Good Morning, Garden (2004) 20 copies
A Bird in the Family (1962) 18 copies
The Bank Street Book of Fantasy (1989) — Editor — 18 copies
Bunny Tails (2005) 16 copies
If You Were an Ant (1989) 15 copies
Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark [1989 TV episode] (1992) — Writer — 15 copies
The BANK STREET BOOK OF MYSTERY VOLUME #4 (1989) — Editor — 15 copies
Barto Takes the Subway (1962) 15 copies
The Flying Patchwork Quilt (1965) 14 copies
A snake-lover's diary (1970) 14 copies
Tracks (Spotlight books) (1975) 14 copies
What the Elephant Told (2003) 9 copies
Little One Inch (1977) 8 copies
A Killing Season (1981) 7 copies
The Falcon Sting (1988) 6 copies
Amy's Doll (1963) 6 copies
Snow Parade (1989) 6 copies
The Gorilla Signs Love (1984) 5 copies
BANK STREET BOOK OF CREEPY TALES VOLUME #3, The (1989) — Editor — 4 copies
Love and Discipline (1750) 2 copies
A Dog I Know (1983) 2 copies
Nicky's Sister (1966) 2 copies
El León y el cordero (1992) 1 copy

Associated Works

Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge



This is an interesting early reader but mentions mating briefly, also the death of a fledgling.
FamiliesUnitedLL | Oct 19, 2023 |
Before the famous American Revolution, the United States only existed as thirteen colonies. They were all in the Eastern part of the country and all of them were still ruled by England. The colony of Williamsburg, Virginia became one of the most prosperous of these thirteen colonies due to it's mild southern weather and rich soil.

This book depicts a slice of life during the early 1770's. With a simple question and answer format, readers can peer into this busy colony outpost and see what kind of people lived there, what they did for a living, and what their customs were.… (more)
PlumfieldCH | 3 other reviews | Sep 21, 2023 |
A delightful story! This is a great nature study read aloud, or wonderful picture book that also shares a few Japanese words, with a provided pronunciation guide. The book is divided into two chapters as well for young readers.
MarySchubert | 3 other reviews | Aug 24, 2022 |



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Tom Leonard Illustrator
S. D. Schindler Illustrator
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Fred Brenner Illustrator
June Otani Illustrator
Jack Ziegler Illustrator
Diane Dillon Illustrator
Leo Dillon Illustrator
John E Cymerman Illustrator
Melissa Sweet Illustrator
Bruce Degen Illustrator
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Manuel Boix Illustrator
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Annie Mitra Illustrator
Erik Blegvad Illustrator
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Thomas Scortia Contributor
H. G. Wells Contributor
Mack Reynolds Contributor
H. L. Gold Contributor
Andre Norton Contributor
Keith Laumer Contributor
Damon Knight Contributor
Edward Hoch Contributor
James E. Gunn Contributor
Leigh Brackett Contributor
Isaac Asimov Contributor
Brian Aldis Contributor
Lynn Munsinger Illustrator
Peter Spier Original book
Mary Tara O'Keefe Illustrator
Irene Brady Illustrator
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