Book Launch With Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Join author Vanessa Brantley-Newton as she launches her new picture book, Nesting Dolls, with a reading and discussion Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 11 am.






We want to celebrate Vanessa Brantley-Newton on her new book, Nesting Dolls, on Saturday, October 14, at 11 am. The books are available for preorder in the store or through the link below. We look forward to seeing you at this free event.



A heartwarming picture book about how one little girl's unique beauty has been growing for generations in her family tree.

Anyiaka is in awe of her gorgeous Gullah Geechee family—she wants to be beautiful like her older sister, Sorie, a great listener like her mom, and a talented artist like her grandma. But on today's visit to her grandparents’ house, Anyiaka sticks out from the rest of the family like a sore thumb. She can't seem to do anything right, and a trip to Grandma's art studio confirms just how different she is from the rest of the family.

But Grandma’s artwork—a special set of nesting dolls—also shows that what’s on the outside doesn’t always tell the whole story. While they may be distinct, together, her family’s beauty and inner strength have deep roots that have been growing within each of them for generations.


Author Bio:

Vanessa Brantley-Newton 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 is the author and illustrator of Grandma's PurseJust Like Me, and Becoming Vanessa, and has illustrated numerous children's books, including the New York Times bestsellers The King of Kindergarten and The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes and Sewing Stories by Barbara Herkert. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes. Learn more about Vanessa and her artwork at and on Facebook and Instagram.




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Event date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2023 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Nesting Dolls By Vanessa Brantley-Newton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984852373
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2023