Vanessa Brantley Newton grew up in a musical family who loved to sing. She
is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied fashion
illustration at FIT and children's book illustration at the School of Visual
Arts in New York. She loves all things old and retro and it finds its way
into her illustrations and artwork. Her voice for writing is as simple and sweet as the voice she sings with. She is the author and illustrator of Let Freedom Sing and Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table and has
illustrated numerous children's books including One Love & Every Little Thing, words by Bob & Cedella Marley, and Presenting Tallulah written by Tori Spelling. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.
Blue Apple Books
Focus on the Family
Harcout Children's Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcout
Lee & Low
Simon and Schuster
2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year - Every Little Thing
Praise for Think Big:
"Mixing gouache, charcoal and mixed media in digital collage, Newton shows the busy kids in constant motion, not hyperactive but vigorously productive."
Praise for Every Little Thing:
"Readers will enjoy the antics of the boy's cat as it competes with the birds. A feel-good book for larger collections."
—School Library Journal
Praise for Let Freedom Sing:
"A picture book that will encourage adults and preschoolers to sing along together...The portraits and crowd scenes in the bright, handsome collage artwork honor both the [Civil Rights] movement's leaders and its ordinary people who "let their light shine."