Books by Vanessa Brantley Newton

MISTER AND LADY DAY by Amy Novesky
Released: June 18, 2013

"By highlighting Lady Day's affectionate relationship with Mister, Novesky and Newton invite readers to admire the illustrious singer in a sparkling new light. (author's note, website, adult bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Using simple, reductive prose, this appreciation of jazz great Holiday focuses on the dogs in the singer's life. Read full book review >
THINK BIG by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Released: July 3, 2012

"Short and peppy enough for plenty of encores—until it's time to go make art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A bouncy, early-childhood answer to Glee shows a racially diverse classroom of kids eagerly preparing for a multifaceted art performance. Read full book review >
BABY FACES by Mallory Loehr
Released: May 22, 2012

"This fails to bring life to the impressive real-life range of tots' mannerisms. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
There's not enough visual variation in these babies' faces to cause many smiles to break out. Read full book review >
BRAND-NEW SCHOOL, BRAVE NEW RUBY by Derrick Barnes
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2008

"This series kick-off will publish simultaneously with its second volume, Trivia Queen, 3rd Grade Supreme (ISBN: 978-0-545-01761-9). (Fiction. 7-10)"
African-American third-grader Ruby Booker is going to school with her three older and immensely popular brothers for the first time. Read full book review >