Author & Illustrator

Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Biography

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.

Most Popular Vanessa Brantley-Newton Books

The Youngest Marcher book
5.3
courage · history · civil rights movement · activism · Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Youngest Marcher
Mary Had a Little Glam book
4.5
getting dressed · fashion · nursery rhymes
Mary Had a Little Glam
Mary Had a Little Glam book
4.5
nursery rhymes · getting dressed · fashion
Mary Had a Little Glam
Grandma's Purse book
4.5
family history · love · grandma · family · hugs
Grandma's Purse

All Vanessa Brantley-Newton Books

Collaborators

Derrick Barnes
Robin Mellom
Caron Levis
Nneka Myers
Kelly Starling Lyons
Cynthia Levinson
Quvenzhané Wallis
Tammi Sauer

Personal Info

Books Stats

1Authored & Illustrated
10Illustrated

Most Recent Book

Mama's Work Shoes book
4.5
transitions · grandma · working moms
Mama's Work Shoes

Highest Rated Book

The Youngest Marcher book
5.3
courage · history · civil rights movement · activism · Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Youngest Marcher

Official Website

https://vanessabrantleynewton.com