Laura Nyman Montenegro is an award-winning author/illustrator of children’s picture books. Her latest book, A Poet’s Bird Garden was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her picture books, A Bird About to Sing, Sweet Tooth and One Stuck Drawer, all published by Houghton Mifflin Company, have won Parent’s Choice Awards and A Bird About to Sing was featured on Reading Rainbow.

Laura teaches classes for adults in the art of making picture books at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Big Table Studio in Evanston, IL. She is a visiting author/illustrator at schools and universities, served as a children’s librarian and graphic artist at the Evanston Public Library and is a puppeteer, movement artist, co-founder and ensemble member of Theatre Zarko. Laura is an art educator, with a BA in Fine Arts and Anthropology and an MA and certification in Art Education from the University of New Mexico.  

Laura believes that children are natural artists and storytellers who respond to the picture book world with gusto and insight and that the picture book art form is a rich and inviting world for story making and expression.