Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children’s literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to cowriting Fred Korematsu Speaks UpLaura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at

Past Events

Perspectives on Japanese American Incarceration

Thursday Jun 29 2017   6:00 PM
California Historical Society  678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA  map

How to Speak Up: A Story of Courage (Bay Area Book Festival)

Saturday Jun 03 2017   5:00 PM
Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room  2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA  map

Author Reception/Fundraiser for the Learning and Loving Center with Laura Atkins

Saturday May 13 2017   4:00 PM
BookSmart Morgan Hill  1295 E Dunne Ave Ste 120, Morgan Hill, CA  map

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up at West Portal Library

Saturday Apr 29 2017   11:00 AM
West Portal Library Branch  190 Lenox Way, San Francisco, CA  map

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up at Western Addition Library

Saturday Apr 29 2017   3:00 PM
Western Addition Library Branch  1550 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA  map

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up with National Japanese American Historical Society

Saturday Apr 01 2017   11:00 AM
MIS Historic Learning Center, Building 640   640 Old Mason St Presidio of San Francisco , San Francisco , CA  map

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up with Reach and Teach

Sunday Mar 19 2017   12:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto  1140 Cowper Street , Palo Alto, CA  map

Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins at CAAMFest

Saturday Mar 18 2017   12:00 PM
Oakland Asian Cultural Center   388 9th St, Oakland, CA  map

For Kids! Activism panel with Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi, and author/illustrator Innosanto Nagarra

Saturday Mar 18 2017   5:00 PM
Mrs. Dalloways  2904 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA  map

Laura Atkins at SF History Days

Saturday Mar 04 2017  
Old Mint  88 5th St, San Francisco, CA  map

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Book Launch Los Angeles

Saturday Feb 11 2017   2:00 PM
Asian Americans Advancing Justice   1145 Wilshire Boulevard , Los Angeles, CA  map

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up at Pegasus Bookstore Berkeley

Wednesday Feb 08 2017   7:30 PM
Pegasus Books  2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley , CA  map

Fred Korematsu at The Green Arcade

Monday Feb 06 2017   7:00 PM
The Green Arcade   1680 Market St, San Francisco, CA  map

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Launch Party

Saturday Feb 04 2017   2:00 PM
J-SEI  1285 66th St , Emeryville, CA  map