Residing in a small town of Northern Virginia, Mackenzie "Toogy" Vanover reads, writes, and shows stories (sometimes to her cat, Theodore Chester) everyday. She began showing stories when she was a very young girl.


Mackenzie began competing in public speaking as a middle school student and went on to be the Virginia High School League champion in Children's Storytelling in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Mary Washington and her Master of Arts degree in Children's Literature from Hollins University. It is Mackenzie's hope that through her original stories, workshops, and performances she will have a positive impact on the approach to learning and reading.


In her free time, Mackenzie rides her celeste bicycle around her little town.