Meet the Author/Illustrator

Mary Brigid Barrett

Mary Brigid Barrett says that no one taught her how to write, but she adds, "I got my love of literature from my father and learned to read from my grandfather." Her father told her stories "from Shakespeare to Charlotte's Web," and Barrett retold the stories to her younger siblings. She wrote her first story in high school and won a prize for it.

Sing to the Stars grew out of experiences Barrett had as a child and as an arts and crafts director in the Cleveland, Ohio, parks system. For one festival in the park, Barrett convinced a boy named John to play the piano. The relationship between Ephram and Mr. Washington is based on Barrett's relationship with her own father.


Mary Brigid Barrett advises young writers to "write about something you absolutely love or absolutely hate. Passion is important, whether it's railroads or baseball or fingernail polish. Risk letting other people see inside you."

Other Books Written and Illustrated by Mary Brigid Barrett

  • The Man of the House at Huffington Row