Singer, composer, and ventriloquist Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers of the Emmy award winning television program “It’s Kindertime” on ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2, in Baltimore. She composed and performed the musical version of Priscilla Cummings’ International Literacy Award winning book,Chadwick the Chesapeake Crab; published The Early Childhood Curriculum with Karen Rupprecht; and composed Babel: The Oratorio, Signs: An Epiphany Musical, and Darrell: The Draggin’ Dragon. She most recently authored the book/CD Springtime Dance, illustrated by Kimberly Hopkins, khopdesigns, LLC, published by Small Kin Music.
Val has performed since her early teens as a musician and singer, and found her love of puppets and families in 1987, as the founding partner of Val & Pam KinderSingers. Pam continued as Pam, The KinderSinger, and Val as Silly Goose & Val, and the fun has never stopped.
But most of all Val, as Silly Goose & Val, enjoys touring school, libraries, and live stage theaters in the Mid-Atlantic area, New York, and Belgium with her puppets, marionettes, comedy, and music.
Awards & Accomplishments
Love Bug!, Smalkin’s latest CD, focuses purely on her musical repertoire. Aided by keyboardist Mark Stocker and percussionist Chris Savage, Smalkin presents ten original compositions and two traditional tunes, sung in her clear, melodic voice, and set to some very memorable music. It is a Parent’s Choice Recommended album and a contender for the GRAMMYs this year.