Dear Substitute


By Audrey Vernick

By Liz Garton Scanlon

Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Cover design or artwork by Chris Raschka

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When a substitute teacher named Miss Pelly comes to class, one student bristles at the change in routine — Miss Pelly doesn’t follow the rules like Mrs. Giordano. But in time, our student learns that even though the substitute may do things a little differently, and she may be a bit silly, mixing things up might not be so bad. Told in a series of epistolary poems, this funny, relatable picturebook is a great fit for classrooms and for any child nervous about new experiences.

  • Praise for Dear Substitute:Bank Street Best Children's Books of the YearA Gryphon Honor BookHorn Book FanfareA Junior Library Guild SelectionKansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Reading ListA Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award NomineeA Great Texas Mosquito List Book 2020-2021

On Sale
Jun 4, 2018
Page Count
40 pages

Audrey Vernick

About the Author

Audrey Vernick is the author of over twenty books for young readers, including Unlike Other Monsters, Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, First Grade Dropout, and Scarlet’s Tale, as well as Bob, Not Bob! and Dear Substitute, which she cowrote with Liz Garton Scanlon. She received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. When she feels drippy and gross, she likes to snuggle with her dog, who is not named Bob. Audrey writes from her home near the ocean, and you can find her online at

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