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.
"A sweet tale about a little bird that affirms the old adage: there's no place like home."---Booklist
"The text flows almost poetically, and the voice of the young bird is perfectly captured.... a lovely rendition that is sure to please children and parents alike."---School Library Journal
"A hauntingly sweet melody that resonates of home, family, love, and unique life experiences."---Foreword Reviews
"The spare backgrounds and the delicacy of the landscapes recall Japanese watercolors. The tale is a familiar one... but it's told with grace."---Kirkus Reviews
"Perfectly rendered in text and illustrations, The Blue Songbird is an encouraging tale for young and old alike to keep searching for who they really are and what they desire in life."---Kendal Rautzhan, Books to Borrow...Books to Buy