Tucson Festival of Books

Laurel Goodluck (she/her/hers)



Forrest Goodluck

Laurel Goodluck is Mandan, Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota, and Tsimshian from the rainforest in Alaska. She resides in Albuquerque, N.M., with her Diné husband, where they raised two children also bent on storytelling in journalism and acting. Belonging to an intertribal family is at the heart of her stories, encouraging children to realize their cultural experiences are unique and powerful perspectives to explore and celebrate.

Her award-winning debut picture book, "Forever Cousins," is followed by five more picture books with heartwarming, humorous or conceptual themes, including "Rock Your Mocs," "Too Much, My Great Big Native Family," "FierceAunties," "Yáadilá, Good Grief" and "Stories are the Heart of the World." She also wrote "She Persisted: Deb Haaland," her first chapter book.

Goodluck received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and an Master of Arts 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.

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Awards: Charlotte Huck Award Honoree 2023 for Forever Cousins

Communities: Indigenous or Native American


Scheduled events:
Laurel Goodluck Shares "Too Much: My Great Big Native Family"
Enjoy a story read aloud by an author as Laurel Goodluck reads aloud her book, "Too Much, My Great Big Native Family."

Story Blanket Tent (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Children

Panelist: Laurel Goodluck
Moderator: Sherry Small
Family Connections: Ties that Bind
Children find security, love, and meaning in family relationships that extend across place and time. Those relationships include cousins, grandparents, parents, and even the family car. Author/illustrators convey the ties that bind in words and images.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Laurel Goodluck, Jonathan Nelson, S.D. Nelson, John Parra
Moderator: Julia López-Robertson
Indigenous Stories by Indigenous Voices
Books featuring Indigenous characters created by Indigenous authors have become a significant trend. Indigenous authors who write in different genres for different audiences talk about this movement to tell Native stories by Native voices -- why it matters, their views on the books being published, and their books as contributions to the field.

Education Room 353 (Seats 92, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Children
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cherie Dimaline, Laurel Goodluck, David A. Robertson, Cynthia Leitich Smith
Moderator: LaCher Pacheco

Books:
Too Much
My Great Big Native Family
Children
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
January 2024
ISBN 9781665911269
40 pages
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Rock Your Mocs
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
October 2023
ISBN 9780063099890
32 pages
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