What kind of spider weaves the biggest web you’ve ever seen? How did the ancient Maya like their chocolate? What lurks in the deepest part of the ocean?

Tracy Vonder Brink

I’m Tracy Vonder Brink, and I love facts and true stories–especially the unexpected ones!

I’ve published over 50 nonfiction articles for kids (and some for adults, too), and I’m a contributing editor for Click, ASK, and Muse magazines. My work has appeared in Highlights, High Five, Click, Spider, ASK, Cricket, and Muse, as well as in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. 

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I’m honored to be the 2020 recipient of the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award for Children’s Science News. Please enjoy the award-winning “Searching for Scat” (Click, April 2020) here.


I’ve written middle-grade nonfiction books about the Aztecs, the Amazon rain forest, microwaves, and the branches of the US Military.

My goal is make fantastic facts and incredible true stories fun for readers of all ages.