Vern Kousky was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as an adjunct professor of English for Touro College. His first book, OTTO THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY, was released by Nancy Paulsen Books in 2015 and received Frostburg State University's CLC Book Award as well as a Parent's Choice Award.
His next book, THE BLUE SONGBIRD, was published in April 2017 by Running Press Kids. His third and fourth picture books, HAROLD LOVES HIS WOOLLY HAT and LAWRENCE, will be published by Random House/Schwartz & Wade in Fall 2018 and Fall 2019.