Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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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.

Thomas Wonders

February 28, 2019


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.

Sneak Peek: The Story of Daniel

November 23, 2018

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Political plots, intrigue, drama…even lions. The story of Daniel has it all. Click here to read my version of the story from Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers.

A Different Kind of Hope

November 23, 2018

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Advent has always been my favourite season. I love the music, symbolic growth of the light, and the traditional readings for the season. But in recent years I have found myself struggling with the sort of future-oriented anticipation that usually flavours this holy time. So I have been searching for a different way of thinking about hope. A little bit of that search is part of this Advent reflection for Glad Tidings magazine. Read it here.