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   LAURA
DE LA CRUZ

Children's Book Writer

Hello and welcome to my website. I’m a children's book writer who likes to write stories that reflect my heritage. I’m so appreciative and delighted by the positive responses my work has received, and I want to foster that connection with a wider audience. I’m looking forward to sharing my future stories as they come to fruition.

Laura is represented by Leah Pierre at Ladderbird Literary Agency. Read about my journey here. 

Badge indicating Laura is a member of SCBWI
Badge indicating Laura is a member of Julie Hedland's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge
Badge indicating Laura participated in Storystorm with Tara Lazar.
Badge indicating Laura participated in Vivian Kirkfield's 50 precious words.
Badge indicating Laura participated in Kids' Choice KidLit Writing Contest Honorable Mention
Badge indicating Laura participated in PBCHAT Mentorship program.

PBCHAT Runner Up Winner

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A BIT ABOUT ME

Stories have always been a part of my life. I remember listening to my abuelita's ghost stories, stories she would wait until dark to tell. I also remember my abuelito telling us about his encounter with Pancho Villa's men and about his adventures working in the fields in the United States. Stories have always surrounded me. My ancestors had a skill for storytelling. I too have stories to tell and I can't wait for kids to read them.

Laura's Bio: Laura A. De La Cruz is an emerging Latina writer from Los Angeles, California, specializing in writing picture books. Laura is a former Library Media Technician who managed an elementary school library for eight years. During that time, Laura shared her passion for children’s literature with her students. After reading hundreds of picture books, Laura realized she too had stories to tell. She returned to school and received her B.A. in English from Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude as a first-generation college graduate. In addition to reading and writing, Laura continues to improve her craft by attending workshops, webinars, conferences, contests and three critique groups. She is a member of SCBWI and Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, where she recently won a scholarship. Also, in 2021, Laura won runner-up in the #PBChat mentorship contest and was able to hone her humorous manuscripts with Tara Lazar. Recently, Laura won an honorable mention in Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords contest and in Kailei Pew’s Kids Choice KidLit Writing Contest #KidsChoiceKidLitWritingContest. Laura now lives in Austin, Texas.

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