Author & Illustrator

Vanessa Brantley-Newton


Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self taught illustrator of more than 80 children’s books. She first fell in love with picture books when she was read the Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child. It was the first time Vanessa saw an image of a brown child that looked like her. Diversity is at the very heart of her illustrations and storytelling. She has written and illustrated three of her own books, Let Freedom Sing, Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless The Table and Grandma’s Purse. Vanessa wants every child to know the joy she felt when she saw herself in a picture book. “I want every child to know that I see you.” Vanessa is a lover of music and food. When she isn’t creating children’s Books she is cooking or singing somewhere. She lives in NC with her husband of 25 years and her daughter Zoe.

Early Sunday Morning
Just Like Me
Mama's Work Shoes
The King of Kindergarten
Hannah Sparkles: Hooray for the First Day of School!
Sleepover Scientist #3
Mary Had a Little Glam
Grandma's Purse
A Night Out with Mama
Class Act

Most Popular Vanessa Brantley-Newton Books

    Every Little Thing: Based on the Song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley
    Cedella Marley, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    The King of Kindergarten
    Derrick Barnes, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    Mary Had a Little Glam
    Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Tammi Sauer
    Sleepover Scientist #3
    Kelly Starling Lyons, Nneka Myers, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    The Youngest Marcher
    Cynthia Levinson, Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    Grandma's Purse
    Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Book Stats


All Vanessa Brantley-Newton Books

2020Early Sunday MorningDenene MillnerVanessa Brantley-Newton40
2020Just Like MeVanessa Brantley-Newton32
2019Mama's Work ShoesCaron LevisVanessa Brantley-Newton40
2019The King of KindergartenDerrick BarnesVanessa Brantley-Newton32
2019Hannah Sparkles: Hooray for the First Day of School!Robin MellomVanessa Brantley-Newton32
2019Sleepover Scientist #3Kelly Starling LyonsNneka MyersVanessa Brantley-Newton96
2018Mary Had a Little GlamTammi SauerVanessa Brantley-Newton24
2018Grandma's PurseVanessa Brantley-NewtonVanessa Brantley-Newton32
2017A Night Out with MamaQuvenzhané WallisVanessa Brantley-Newton40
2017Class ActKelly Starling LyonsVanessa Brantley-Newton96
2017Rock StarKelly Starling LyonsVanessa Brantley-Newton96
2017The Youngest MarcherCynthia LevinsonVanessa Brantley-Newton40
2016Mary Had a Little GlamTammi SauerVanessa Brantley-Newton32
2015Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to ArtistVanessa Brantley-Newton40
2015Every Little Thing: Based on the Song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob MarleyCedella MarleyVanessa Brantley-Newton24
2015My Three Best Friends and Me, ZulayCari BestVanessa Brantley-Newton40
2014Thanksgiving for Emily AnnVanessa Brantley-Newton32
2014The Hula Hoopin' QueenThelma Lynne GodinVanessa Brantley-Newton40
2010Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the TableVanessa Brantley-Newton36
2008Brand New School, Brave New RubyDerrick BarnesVanessa NewtonVanessa Brantley-Newton130


Cedella Marley
Derrick Barnes
Tammi Sauer
Kelly Starling Lyons
Nneka Myers
Cynthia Levinson
Cari Best
Vanessa Newton
Quvenzhané Wallis
Thelma Lynne Godin
Denene Millner
Caron Levis
Robin Mellom

Book Dedications by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

  • To Mommy, who always taught us to dress so well.
    Mary Had a Little Glam