Audrey Wood was born in Sarasota Florida. When Wood was two, her family moved to Mexico to study art. Wood and her three sisters were tutored in music, dance, painting, and drama. She decided at a young age that she wanted to create childrens picture books. Wood is one of four generations of artists in her family, and the only female artist. Wood began writing childrens books seriously when her son was two years old. Her first book, 24 Robbers, was published in 1978. Wood and her husband, Don collaborate on many of Woods picture books. The first book the two did together was called Moonflute.