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.
Awards: Charlotte Huck Award Honoree 2023 for Forever Cousins
Communities: Indigenous or Native American