Valerie Leonhart Smalkin’s book with music, Springtime Dance, took gold in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2014. In addition to writing Val is a ventriloquist, musician, and award-winning songwriter.
Valerie Leonhart Smalkin’s book with music Springtime Dance took gold in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2014. In addition to writing Val is a ventriloquist, musician, and award-winning songwriter. As a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant for solo non-classical performance in 2015, and for a solo theatre performance in 2016 and 2019, Val performs regularly for children and families in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York City, California, Cap d’Antibes, France, and Brussels, Belgium.
Val was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers as well as the head puppeteer of the Emmy award winning television program It's Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2. Her CD, A Gentle Halloween, received a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff award in 2015, and in 2016 her follow-up CD Sing! Sing! Sing!...and Dance!, garnered a Parents’ Choice Approved award. Her current CD, Love Bug! received a Parents’ Choice Recommended award. Her latest released song The Brave Little Seed won an International Songwriting Competition semi-finalist award.
Since 2017 Val has been the Co-President of The Children’s Music Network made up of 400+ performers, teachers, librarians, music therapists, parents, and children from around the world who celebrate the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas and creating community.