Laurel Goodluck writes picture books with modern Native American themes that reflect Native children’s cultural experiences and everyday life, showing Native children that they have a perspective that is unique and powerful. Laurel comes from an intertribal background of Mandan and Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota, and Tsimshian from a rainforest in Alaska and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In October, Laurel’s first picture book, Forever Cousins, which was illustrated by Jonathan Nelson, was published by Charlesbridge. Her second picture book, Rock Your Mocs, which is illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight, will be published by the Heartdrum imprint of HarperCollins in Fall 2023, and her third, Too Much, which will be illustrated by Bridget George, is slated for Spring 2024 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, as well as her contribution to Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted series.
To find out more about Laurel, visit her website, or follow her on Instagram.
To buy Laurel's debut picture book, FOREVER COUSINS, please consider buying it from her favorite indie bookstore, Red Planet Books & Comics in Albuquerque. Or, please buy it from any independent bookstore near you.
Laurel also mentioned her mentor, Traci Sorell and her illustrator, Jonathan Nelson.
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