Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied Fashion Illustration at The Fashion Institute of Technology and children’s book illustration at The School of Visual Arts in NYC. She is the author and illustrator of Grandma’s Purse and Just Like Me and has illustrated numerous children’s books, including Think Big by Liz Garton Scanlon, Mary Had A Little Glam by Tammi Sauer, and New York Times bestseller The King Of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes.

Vanessa makes her nest in Charlotte, NC, with her husband and daughter and cat named Stripes.

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