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When I See You

Illustrated by Brianna McCarthy

About The Book

An imaginative picture book with enchanting verse and whimsical illustrations journeying through the “galaxy” in a pregnant mother’s belly as she prepares to welcome her child into the world.

As an expectant mother anxiously awaits the birth of her child, she envisions the mystical place her baby inhabits, dreaming of a colorful world where they dance, explore, and play. Rejoice in the magic and wonder of welcoming a child into the world while reflecting upon the infinite nature of a mother’s love with this charming story.

About The Author


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 is a 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book 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 is also the author of Books Do Not Have Wings and When I See You

About The Illustrator

Photograph © Danielle Salloum

Brianna McCarthy is a mixed media visual communicator working and living in Trinidad and Tobago. She is a self-taught artist and aims to create a new discourse examining issues of beauty, stereotypes, and representation as well as the documenting the process—particularly poignant in an ever smaller digitally connected world. Her form takes shape through masking and performance art, fabric collage, traditional media, and installation pieces.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 7, 2024)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665914864
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"A heartfelt ode to awaiting a new arrival that contemplates both shared adventures and the moment when 'you won’t just be a dream.'"

– Publishers Weekly, 3/11/2024

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