Lyrical, empowering, and inspiring. An affirmation of the miracle each individual is. — Yamile Saied Méndez, author of Where Are You From? and What Will You Be?

Laura Obuobi was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, but has been living in the United States since 2003. She has loved books ever since her daddy taught her to read. Libraries, bookstores, in fact any ‘bookish space’ is Laura’s happy place.

She is fascinated by pre-colonial West African history and how it connects with the Black diaspora and Black history. Laura loves to explore these themes, elements, and cultural connections in her stories.

Laura received an MA in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and taught for 8 years as a preschool teacher. Her time in the classroom opened her eyes to the power of picture books, and the desire to write for children. Her first book, Black Gold, will be released in October, 2022. Laura is a graduate of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Black Gold

HarperCollins |
Children’s

This lyrical picture book is a joyous, poetic, celebration of Black children and a reminder of the Universe’s unconditional love in stunning verse and captivating collage. Perfect for fans of Sulwe!

“Lyrical, empowering, and inspiring. An affirmation of the miracle each individual is.” —Yamile Saied Méndez, author of Where Are You From? and What Will You Be

When the Universe decides to create a child, she draws from the earth—rich, dark, and full of everything that gives life, including eyes like black star sapphires and full lips to speak the truth. With help from the Sun and the Moon, they create a child of the Universe: beautiful, powerful, and boundless with the brilliance of Black Gold.

Laura Obuobi’s empowering, whimsical text and London Ladd’s lustrous, captivating illustrations will inspire children to love themselves exactly as they are.

School Visit with Laura Obuobi

Honors, Awards & Recognition

MA in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University
Graduate of the Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts

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