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.


Autumn Cupcake

My Latest Books

What’s New in May?

  • My husband, Randy, and I drove to Madison, Wisconsin, to attend the Charlotte Zolotow Award Ceremony. I was beyond pleased that Finding Family was named an Honor Book. And it was such a treat to meet the CZ Committee and also the staff at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. They do awesome work advocating for great children’s books. Check out a photo album here.
  • Finding Family is also a Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award (brief interview here) and is a Star of the North selection for the coming year. Go, Duckling!
  • Coming in paperback in spring ’25: Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle and Snowman-Cold=Puddle!
  • Check out my contribution to a poetry column in the Springfield News-Leader.
  • Lots of young authors conferences, school visits, and virtual field trips this month. Spring has sprung!

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