Virginia Law Manning


Virginia grew up amidst the marvels of New York City but spent most of her childhood tucked behind her dollhouse, creating stories and dialogue for her playthings. After earning her bachelor’s degree in art history from Kenyon College, she studied children’s book illustration and writing at Parsons School of Design and enjoyed a career in children’s publishing. 

When looking for story ideas, Virginia often refers to her, or her son’s, childhood for inspiration. She’s motivated by unique personalities and focuses on the humor and joy in these characters. As a part-time instructor of a kindergarten enrichment program, she pays special attention to what makes her students giggle.   

Virginia is a member of SCBWI and CBIG-NYC and grateful for the many opportunities she has to meet with editors, art directors, designers and agents. She LOVES talking kidlit. She is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Eastern PA chapter and organizes bi-monthly SCBWI Meet & Greets in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she lives. One of the great joys in her life is sharing her love of children's books with others.