Valerie Bolling is passionate about creating stories in which all children can see themselves and feel seen and heard, valued and validated. She is the author of five picture books: LET’S DANCE! (SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner), TOGETHER WE RIDE, TOGETHER WE SWIM (2023 Kirkus Prize Finalist), RIDE, ROLL, RUN: TIME FOR FUN!, and BING, BOP, BAM: TIME TO JAM!) and RAINBOW DAYS, a Scholastic Acorn early reader series.
In addition to writing, Valerie enjoys promoting her books and sharing them with others. She has been a member of four co-marketing groups and remains a member of Kid Lit in Color and Soaring 20s PB. She’s always looking for new ways to market and publicize her books, including connecting with other creators and amplifying their books. Valerie is an active member of the kidlit community – teaching picture book classes (independently and for the Highlights Foundation), serving as a mentor, and presenting at conferences. She lives in Connecticut with her husband where they enjoy traveling,