Valerie Leonhart Smalkin
Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers of the Emmy Award–winning television program It’s Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate, WMAR-TV 2. Her book Springtime Dance took gold in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2014. Val’s latest CD, Love Bug!, received a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award. Previously her CD A Gentle Halloween received a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff award in 2015, and in 2016 Val’s follow-up CD Sing! Sing! Sing!...and Dance! garnered a Parents’ Choice Approved Award. As a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant for solo non-classical performance in 2015, and for solo theatre performance in 2016, Val continues to perform and compose music designed for the two- to ten-year-old set. As a ventriloquist, Val performs as Silly Goose and Val for family events in Maryland; Washington, DC; Virginia; Pennsylvania; Delaware; New York City; California; and Brussels, Belgium.