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    Lerner Publishing Group > Author-Illustrator-Details
    About our Author
    Laura Salas
    Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 120 books for kids and teens, including Water Can Be…, A Leaf Can Be..., and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming books are her favorite things to write, and she loves to combine poetry/verse with nonfiction. Laura loves to do school visits (in-person and Skype), writing workshops, and teacher inservices. Read more about Laura and her work at
    AAAS/Subaru SB&
    F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
    Keystone to Reading Book Award
    New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
    Cream of the Crop for Children's and Young Adult Literature
    Golden Kite Award
    ILA Teacher's Choices
    Minnesota Book Award
    NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
    Riverby Award
    NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List
    Black Eyed Susan Book Awards
    Building STEAM with Día Book List
    Charlotte Zolotow Award
    Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices
    Minnesota Book Award
    Texas Library Association 2x2 Reading List
    5 questions for Laura Purdie Salas
    What was your favorite book when you were a child?
    I read the classic Raggedy Ann and Andy stories over and over. When I was a little older, I adored A Wrinkle in Time and then Flowers for Algernon. And the All Creatures Great and Small series. And all of John Bellairs's books. And The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. As you can see, narrowing things down is not my strong suit! I read my way through our public and school libraries over and over again, and I loved most of the books I read.
    What’s your favorite line from a book?
    Wow, you know how to hurt a reader! One favorite line? Impossible. But here's the text from one spread of one of my favorite picture books, God Bless the Gargoyles, by Dav Pilkey (Harcourt, 1996):

    "god bless the rain, and the stormclouds that bring it.
    god bless the music, and the voices that sing it.
    god bless the ones who sing everything wrong.
    god bless all creatures who do not belong"
    Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
    Because I love poetry so much, I'm going to name a few of my favorite contemporary kids' poets in no particular order: Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Joyce Sidman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and J. Patrick Lewis. It hurts to stop there, but I will or else I'll get to a list of 20 in no time!
    Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
    I was such a voracious reader as a kid, but being a writer never occurred to me. I didn't really know that real people wrote books! Then I started college. I planned to be a veterinarian. But I took a creative writing class and discovered that that was what I wanted to do. I've been writing ever since then.
    Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
    Read a ton. Write a ton. Take risks. Write stuff that is so honest it hurts. Write more stuff that is so outlandish and weird that you think it's never been done before. And write more stuff that you would like to read if someone else had written it. Eventually, you'll figure out what you want to write and what you're meant to write. I also recommend any of Ralph Fletcher's writing books for young people. And Seeing the Blue Between: Advice and Inspirations for Young Poets, by Paul B. Janeczko.