Laura Huliska-Beith grew up in Omaha Nebraska, the oldest of five children. Her siblings and husband were the inspiration behind her first picture book, The Book of Bad Ideas (although she takes full credit for Bad Idea #143). Her parents, both avid readers (her mother, a teacher) were generous providers of paper, crayons, encouragement, support, and every craft media the 1970s offered.
After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Laura went on to work as an artist at Hallmark Cards Inc. for several years before finally pursuing her dream of illustrating children’s books. Her love of visual story-telling has led her to illustrate many books including Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson, The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and most recently The Worst Best Friend, also by Alexis O’Neill.
She lives in Kansas City Missouri with her husband Jeff, and their three dogs.