Audrey Vernick

“Students frequently ask what inspired me to be a writer. There are many answers, but I think this is the truest: the books I loved as a young reader are ones I read often and loved deeply. I still think of the characters from those pages as cherished childhood friends.”


Audrey is the author of numerous highly acclaimed and award-winning picture books including Brothers at BatFirst Grade DropoutSecond Grade HoldoutTake Your Octopus to School Day, 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 withOlugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, she is the co-author of the middle-grade novels, TwoNaomis and Naomis Too. Her 2021 releases are the picture books Scarlet’s Tale and All Star: How Larry Doby Smashed the Color Barrier in Baseball. 

Audrey grew up in Whitestone, 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 received a 2019 Fellowship 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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