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Thanks so much for coming to visit! I’m Laura Purdie Salas, and I write children’s books and poetry. Books saved my life as a kid, and I love creating fabulous children’s books today–for all the kids who wonder, worry, laugh, learn, explore, and escape through reading. Like I did.

Like I still do.

I’m a visiting author, a storytime presenter, a writing teacher, and a freelance writer. Personally, I’m someone who’s still awed by the first snowfall of the year. Who gets excited about a good cupcake. Who can stare at a tree or the moon for a long time. I adore sunrises, science, and stories. I know nothing’s perfect, and we have to work for a better world. But I also believe that savoring what’s already incredible about our world makes every day better. And I know that reading small books and poems makes me feel more connected, hopeful, and grateful. I bet it can make you feel the same way.


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My Latest Books

What’s New in February?

  • Lovely news for Finding Family! It’s both a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and a Minnesota Book Award Finalist! I’m incredibly honored to have this thoughtful  nonfiction book recognized like this.
  • On World Read Aloud Day, I’m visiting students in 5 states and 1 Canadian province to share Oskar’s Voyage!
  • I’m working on back matter for a companion book to Zap! Clap! Boom!
  • For Oskar’s Voyage, I’m preparing for a virtual launch event for classrooms and an in-person storytime launch event at Red Balloon. Hope you can make it!

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