Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas

Look! A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas presents Advent as special time for waiting and watching—paying attention—to the ways God comes to us.

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Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter

An invitation for children to wonder about the Lenten story.

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How Do I Pray for Grandpa?

A gentle exploration of how children might pray, and how adults can help them understand some of the mystery of prayer.

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Victor’s Pink Pyjamas

A story that explores what it is like to make choices that are different from the cultural norm.

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Jesse’s Surprise Gift

A story about not holding on to things too tightly, and the surprises that can happen when we dare to let go.

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Mira and the Big Story

Imagine a story big enough to include everyone.

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Is That Story True?

A story about what we mean when we say something is true.

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Look what came in the mail…

January 16, 2020

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It’s been a long wait, and how good it feels to hold in my own two hands an advance copy of What Grew in Larry’s Garden! The book looks beautiful (thank you to the wonderful team at Kids Can Press and to Kass Reich for the gorgeous artwork). I read it aloud to my daughters last night and look forward to sharing it with many more children after it is officially released.

My First Kirkus Review!

January 14, 2020

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The April release date for What Grew in Larry’s Garden is coming closer. I was very excited to discover that the book has received a positive Kirkus Review! Read it here.

Pre-Order: What Grew in Larry’s Garden

September 17, 2019

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I am VERY excited to announce that my newest picture book, What Grew in Larry’s Garden (Kids Can Press), is available for pre-order on Amazon! The listing has a description of the book, so check it out. The official release date is April 7, 2020, so you have plenty of time to think about how you might use this book in your classroom, home, place of worship–or anywhere else you spend time with children.

Illumination Book Award Winner 2019

March 19, 2019

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I am very excited to share that Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers, has won a gold medal in the Children’s Picture Book category in the 2019 Illumination Book Awards. Many thanks to my collaborator, Ann Sheng, and all the people at Wood Lake Publishing, for making this project possible. Read the publisher’s announcement here.

Thomas Wonders

February 28, 2019

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Doubting Thomas. Such a pejorative nickname for someone who approaches life in a what seems to me a wise and sensible way–critical thinking and independence combined with a certain open-mindedness. Thomas has always been one of my favourite biblical characters. I think of him as the patron saint of questioners and skeptics.

Yes, he does end up having a change of heart. But I hope–and like to imagine–that he always retained the sort of mind that would not accept anything too easily, but was also flexible and open to being surprised.

Here is his story as told in Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers (Wood Lake Books, 2018).

Make Room: Amazon Best-Seller!

February 26, 2019

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It was a rather fun surprise to learn that Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter has become (for today at least) #1 Best Seller on Amazon!  Check it out here.