Inspired by her nieces, Valerie Bolling started writing children’s books in 2017. Her debut picture book, LET’S DANCE!, was published in 2020 and was a 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite award winner and CT Book Award finalist. Since that book, Valerie has had two more books published in 2022 (TOGETHER WE RIDE and RIDE, ROLL, RUN: TIME FOR FUN!) and has five slated for 2023, including her Scholastic Acorn early reader series, RAINBOW DAYS.
Valerie has been an educator for 30 years and is deeply immersed in the kidlit writing community, teaching picture book writing classes and serving as WNDB mentor. She’s also a member of SCBWI, the 12X12 Picture Book Challenge, Black Creators HeadQuarters, Amplify Black Stories, and Diverse Verse.
Valerie and her husband live in Connecticut and enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, going to the theater, and dancing.
Together We Ride
Ride, Roll, Run: Time for Fun!