Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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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

What Grew in Larry’s Garden

Grace thinks Larry’s garden is one of the wonders of the world.


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.

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).