Bookworks is excited to welcome local children's author, Laurel Goodluck, for a reading and signing to celebrate her new picture book, Too Much: My Great Big Native Family!
Praise for Forever Cousins
"A sweet story of friendship, family, and community." - Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Rock Your Mocs
"Goodluck emphasizes the variety of styles and names given to moccasins (reflecting available materials, climate requirements, and languages) and encourages children to celebrate their Indigenous identities. Goodluck makes use of transparent, faded figures to depict ancestors and traditional lore, clearly delineating contemporary children and events from the past." -Booklist
A little boy wants a chance to shine on his own but discovers that being apart from his large and lively Native family isn't necessarily better in this heartwarming and humorous picture book.
When Russell gets a part in the school play, he lights up like a shining star--and he can't wait to tell his big, boisterous Native family the exciting news. But catching their attention when they all get together feels impossible; no matter where they go, they seem to be too noisy, too many, and just too much!
Russell decides to keep his big debut to himself and fly solo for once...but being alone may not be the answer. After all, there's no such thing as too much love, and when he needs them most, his great big family knows how to be just enough.
Laurel Goodluck writes picture books with modern Native themes that reflect Native children's cultural experiences and everyday life, showing they have a unique and powerful perspective. Her books include Forever Cousins, Rock Your Mocs, She Persisted: Deb Haaland, and Too Much. Laurel was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, coming from an intertribal background of Mandan and Hidatsa from the prairies of North Dakota and Tsimshian from a rainforest in Alaska. She received a BA in psychology and an MA in community counseling and family studies from the University of New Mexico. Laurel began writing by crafting a 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 who are also bent on storytelling. Please follow her on @LaurieGoodluck on Instagram.