Between the Lines, How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
by Sandra Neil Wallace, illustrated by Bryan Collier
A Paula Wiseman Book, 2018
Born in segregated South Carolina, Ernie Barnes couldn’t wait until the rainy season, for he could paint pictures with a stick in the mud. Not allowed into museums, he went to his mom’s place of work where he could look at books and art. At six foot three, his high school football coach got him onto the team, where Ernie soon became captain. His abilities earned him 26 college scholarships. He took the one he could learn art while playing football. A beautifully told story of how Ernie became famous for his paintings of sports. As a player, he included details non-players couldn’t know. His first painting was called The Bench. After his football career, his art career flourished. An inspiring tale encouraging readers to never give up on their dreams and to be ready to work hard, in spite of roadblocks.