Lizzie Skurnick is a writer, critic and editor. In 2007, she started Jezebel's Fine Lines column, "the feature in which we give a wrinkled look at the books we loved as youth," which she wrote until 2009. Shelf Discovery, her book on young adult fiction of her youth, appeared from Harper Collins in 2009.
Her YA publishing imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, was founded in 2013. The press's classic YA reprints have been praised by The Boston Globe, The New York Times many other publications and organizations. The press's first original book, Isabel's War, published in 2014, received praise from The Wall Street Journal and other critical outlets and the Association of Jewish Libraries named it a Sydney Taylor Honor Book (second to the first prize winner).
Skurnick's "That Should Be a Word" column appeared weekly in The New York Times Magazine's One Page Magazine from 2011 to 2014. Her coinages have been praised and/or used by Bust Magazine, Salon, and ABC affiliates, among others. The Mets' Ron Darling suggested his own addition to the series. Skurnick's That Should Be a Word: A Language Lover’s Guide to Choregasms, Povertunity, Brattling, and 250 Other Much-Needed Terms for the Modern World, inspired by and expanding upon the column, was published by Workman in April 2015.
Skurnick identifies as black and Jewish. She has written that her parents' union was illegal in most of the United States when they married. She has also written about her reasons for giving birth to her son through a sperm donor. She was born in the Bronx and grew up in New Jersey. She lives in Jersey City.
- Billard, Mary (2012-10-03). "Lois Duncan: Revisiting the Classics of an Earlier Generation". Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Sklar, Rachel (2008-02-07). "Jezebel's "Fine Lines" Feature Gets Picked Up By HarperCollins In First Non-Gawker Gawker Book Deal". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "Fine Lines". Jezebel. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "Books That Helped Us Grow Up". NPR. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Mayer, Petra (2012-09-30). "Did The Cat Eat Your Gymsuit? Then These Books Are For You". Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Steinitz, Rebecca (2014-12-13). "Reviving the All-of-a-Kind Family books". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Wolitzer, Meg (2014-10-19). "Look Homeward, Reader: A Not-So-Young Audience for Young Adult Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Ivry, Sara (2014-05-27). "'All-of-a-Kind Family' Series Getting Reissued". The Tablet. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Cox Gurdon, Meghan. "Out of Harm's Way: An American girl must share her room with a 14-year-old German refugee whom everyone else seems to adore". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "Isabel's War Gets a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly". Lizzie Skurnick Books. 2014-09-28. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by AJL" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Skurnick, Lizzie (2011-12-14). "That Should Be a Word". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- Houlihan, Brittany. "There IS A Word For That! Check Out Writer Lizzie Skurnick's Hilarious Website". Bust. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- McDonough, Katie (2013-01-07). "Welcome to generation 'fidgital': The New York Times introduces a new word -- and pegs a new problem". Salon. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "10 words you should add to your vocabulary". Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- Vecsey, David (2012-04-21). "Mets' Ron Darling Pitches 'That Should Be a Word' Submission". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "Lizzie Skurnick: Book Critic". NPR. Retrieved 2015-01-21.
- "Harper Lee's Depiction of 'Polarization In A Southern Town' Defines Legacy". NPR. 2016-02-19. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
- "The Royal Baby and Blackness as a Badge of Honor". www.msn.com. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- Skurnick, Lizzie (2018-05-24). "Wedding, Schmedding". Lizzie Skurnick. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
- Skurnick, Lizzie (2016-06-01). "How I Shopped for My Son's Sperm Donor". ELLE. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
- "Elizabeth Skurnick". Poetry Foundation. 2018-05-27. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
- Palmer, Joanne (2016-04-08). "All-of-a-Kind Family meets one-of-a-kind writer". Jewish Standard. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
- McDonald, Terrence T. (2018-03-16). "Parents mixed on Jersey City teachers' strike". NJ.com. Retrieved 2018-05-27.