Audrey Vernick (she/her)

“The shortest distance between two people is a story. I love to visit schools and talk about the power of story—not only to educate and entertain us—but to unite us.”


Audrey is the author of numerous highly acclaimed and award-winning picture books including Brothers at BatFirst Grade DropoutSecond Grade HoldoutScarlet’s Tale, and The Kid from Diamond Street. Along with Liz Garton Scanlon, she is the co-author of the picture books Five Minutes (That’s a Lot of Time) (No, It’s Not) (Yes, It Is)Dear Substitute, and Bob, Not Bob! And along with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, she is the co-author of the middle-grade novels, Two Naomis and Naomis Too. Her 2023 release, co-written with Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Lynnor Bontigao, is The World’s Best Class Plant. (She’s also really excited about the paperback release of her first picture book, She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story, twelve years after its initial release.)

Audrey grew up in Queens, New York, where she lived with her parents and two sisters and a not very bright small white dog. She has a freaky memory about the names of the kids in her class at P.S. 184Q and even remembers where most of them stood in size order.

Audrey always loved to read and still rereads Harriet the Spy on a regular basis, but she wasn’t one of those kids who always knew she wanted to be a writer. Her love for writing didn’t develop until college, and she went on to receive an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Audrey has been honored with three Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

These days, Audrey lives near the ocean in New Jersey with her family and a medium-sized fairly smart black dog. When she’s not writing, Audrey’s always easy to spot — she’s the one cheering the loudest for her beloved New York Yankees or complaining about the long wait until spring training.

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