Laurel Goodluck writes picture books with modern Native themes that reflect Native children’s cultural experiences and everyday life, showing Native children that they have a perspective that is unique and powerful.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laurel comes from an intertribal background of Mandan and Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota, and Tsimshian from a rainforest in Alaska. Laurel received both a BA in Psychology and an MA in Community Counseling and Family Studies from the University of New Mexico. She began writing by crafting curriculum for community advocacy involving Native teen leadership and later for children newly diagnosed with mental health challenges.
Laurel lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her Navajo husband, where they raised two children also bent on storytelling in journalism and filmmaking. Laurel manages her husband’s medical clinic while pursuing her career as a writer of children’s literature. She was a recipient of the 2019 We Need Diverse Books Picture Book Mentorship and was paired with award-winner author Traci Sorell. She also received a competitive funding grant from New Mexico Writers to support new works in progress. She is an active regional chapter member of New Mexico SCBWI. Follow Laurel on Twitter @lauriegoodluck.
Awards and Recognition
- Recipient of the 2019 We Need Diverse Books Picture Book Mentorship
- Received a competitive funding grant from New Mexico Writers 2019