Hello and Welcome!
I'm glad you're here! From the age of 7 or 8, I had an idea that one day I'd travel the world, meet my brothers and sisters, and share the message of love. Which is why, first and foremost, I consider myself an "Ambassador of Love." As a child, I'd walk miles around my town singing Love Is In the Air, not much has changed! What I didn't know, was that life would present me with a series of challenges, preparing me to fulfill on this mission, including losing all my hair, at age 11, to a condition called Alopecia Areata. This experience helped teach me that our biggest challenges can become our biggest blessings! I was in a car accident with my best friend, and gained an angel. Now I know, we remain connected to our loved ones, even when they are no longer physically with us. Donna reminds me to always "Keep Shining!" If you've got an autographed book, you know that's how I sign each and every one of them.
Laura's Love Library
I'm a big fan of the trend of asking guests to bring books to baby showers to start the child's library instead of a card. I'm grateful I Love You More has become a favorite for welcoming new babies into the world.
Here you'll find what inspired me to become a children's author, as well as more about my books. The New York Times Bestseller, I Love You More that's currently sold over 800,000 copies and is available in six languages, started it all in 2001! I'll Hug You More, is a perfect companion to I Love You More, sharing times throughout the day you will hug your children and they will hug you, to express your love and appreciation for one another! The spirit of Wayne Dyer had a bit to do with the writing of this one at 3:30 one morning! Before passing on he generously endorsed my books and programs. I've always been a big fan of hugs and they're proving the power of connection is one of the surest ways to foster self-worth, create a sense of belonging, and keep us happy and healthy--embrace that!
I'm thrilled to announce the arrival of my newest book No Matter What, You Are Loved, due 2022. This message is a big piece of my heart, and powerfully shared from the voice of the children-- empowering them to rise, shine and lead with LOVE! I believe together with illustrator Trevor Romain, and a brilliant designer, we are creating something pretty dang special! Stay tuned! YOU can pre-order now and the book will ship as soon as we have them!
You Are a Gift to the World/ The World is a Gift to You, is temporarily out of print, but available with your child's name in the book through Put Me In the Story, and BIG NEWS -- we are working to have this back in print, possibly by March 2022! For NOW -- sign up for my newsletter and receive it as a PDF to use on your phone, tablet, computer - my gift to YOU!
I believe we're all born with an innate genius...
...and that a child's natural, creative ability develops best when they experience the power of love, acceptance, connection and appreciation. My intention, through my books and talks, is to nurture this genius, helping to expand what we believe possible for our children and ourselves. For me, the beauty of writing children’s books is that not only do I reach our young people, but also the parents, grandparents, teachers, preachers, aunts and uncles; my message is meant for everyone! I feel blessed that my books are read at bedtime, shared in classrooms and churches, given as gifts, available in great bookstores and galleries across the world!
You'll find information on my inspirational talks and school programs, specifically, "Empowering YOU to Shine!" which I present to "3-103 year olds" across the country and world. You'll also find dates and locations of where I'll be visiting and signing books, as well as highlight pictures and videos from my nationwide tour, international stops too, and MORE!
I update most frequently on Facebook — I'd love for you to follow my adventures there, as I love connecting virtually and in person! Hope to HUG YOU soon!
Ambassador of Love and Hugs
Laura shares the tremendous impact PBS, through their educational and inspirational programming, has made on her life. Are YOU a member?
A short highlight reel of Laura's school program "Empowering YOU to Shine!" For an outline, testimonials and booking information visit Laura Duksta School Visits
A bit about Laura, her first two books, and how this whole journey got started
Autographed Copies are Available
Laura writes a personal message, making these signed copies an extra special keepsake! We ship anywhere in the world, even in a gift envelope directly to your loved ones!