Vera Brosgol (she/her)

“As a lonely kid who moved a lot, books were a treasured constant in my life. Now as an author (and mercifully, an adult) I try to help kids have the feeling of being seen that reading gave me. And nothing beats pouring your guts out in a story and hearing someone say “hey, me too.””


Vera Brosgol is the author of the 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book Leave Me Alone! as well as the Eisner, Cybils, and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Anya’s Ghost. Her latest picture book is A Spoonful of Frogs written by Casey Lyall.

Born in Moscow, Russia in 1984, Vera immigrated to the United States with her family when she was five. A voracious reader and obsessive artist, Vera did not consider making books to be a viable job (possibly because she’d never had an author visit!). Instead, she began her career in animation, studying Classical Animation at Sheridan College and working for a decade at Laika Inc. as a storyboard artist on films including Coraline, The Boxtrolls, Paranorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings. She’s been a full-time author since 2016, with a brief detour to work on the Academy Award-winning feature film Pinocchio, directed by Guillermo del Toro.

A West Coast transplant, Vera spends her days writing, drawing and baking bread in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

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