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Vashti Harrison is the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Little Leaders, Little Dreamers, and Little Legends and the illustrator of Andrea Beaty's I Love You Like Yellow, Matthew Cherry’s Hair Love, and Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic’s Hello, Star, among others. She received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Lupita Nyong’o’s Sulwe and is also a two-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children.

Vashti received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MFA in Film and Video from Calarts. Her Experimental films and videos focus on her Caribbean Heritage and folklore. They have shown around the world at film festivals and venues including the New York Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival. Find out more 

For publishing Vashti is represented by Carrie Hannigan at HG Literary.

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For film and television, Vashti is represented by Mary Pender at UTA. Please contact Mary at

Vashti is originally from Onley, Va and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.



"Folklore, fables and fairy tales explore universal human truths through simple narratives and character relationships. They tell us about our past, our culture, and ourselves. They create a sense of wonder, transport us to other realms, take us on adventures, return us to the enchanted, restore order to a chaotic world, and perhaps most important, turn us into detectives of humanity and life as we search for answers to simple questions. They break down our complexities into right and wrong and turn our convoluted feelings into basic human emotions. All of this against a backdrop of dark forests, magic islands and secret gardens."


-Vashti Harrison Artist Statement excerpt

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