Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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Sierra Club is Loving Larry’s Garden

March 17, 2020

I love stumbling across reviews (good ones, that is) of my books online. Today I came across this list of picture books recommended by the Sierra Club to get children excited about food–growing it, eating it, and sharing it. As someone who cares about nutrition and sustainability, I consider it an honour to see my book on this list. Check out the post here.Screen Shot 2020-03-17 at 3.32.08 PM

Book Launch!

February 28, 2020

CHANGE OF PLANS: In response to public health measures taken to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the book launch for What Grew in Larry’s Garden has been postponed until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Save the date! Thursday April 2nd, 2020

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the launch of What Grew in Larry’s Garden! The event will be held at the beautiful Caven Library, Knox College, 59 St. George Street, Toronto on Thursday April 2nd, 2020. There will be gathering and refreshments on the main level at 4:30, a reading of the book in the library at 5:00, followed by a book signing and more refreshments. More details (including how to RSVP) will follow, so stay tuned.

Publishers Weekly Review

February 7, 2020

Less than two months to go before the official release of What Grew in Larry’s Garden. The book just received a lovely review from Publishers Weekly. You can read it here.wgilg-cover

Look what came in the mail…

January 16, 2020


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


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.