Hello, my name is Laura Smetana, and I write and illustrate books for children, and love talking to kids about the book making process!

Ice Cream with Grandpa

A Loving Story for Kids About Alzheimer’s & Dementia


After his grandpa is diagnosed with dementia, a grandson discovers their special bond remains strong through a shared love of ice cream.


Includes a guide for parents on talking to kids about dementia, hospice, death, and grief written by expert Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC, CHPCA.

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Barnes & Noble


Autographed copies available at Frugal Muse Books (Darien, IL) & Anderson's Bookshop (Downers Grove, IL)

"A moving, effective resource for conversations in the face of dementia and loss." — Kirkus Reviews

~ Maxy Award 2022 Children's Book Runner-Up ~

Little Squiggle's Lake Adventure


Join two curious giraffes as they go on a kayaking adventure and discover nature’s beauty on a lake, in this colorfully illustrated picture book co-authored by a mother and son team.

When two giraffes, Little Squiggle and Little Lou, go kayaking, beautiful music draws them to an island. What could it be? They explore the island to find out, but when the unexpected happens, will they make it back to shore?

Co-written by mother and son, Laura Smetana and Stirling Hebda, Little Squiggle’s Lake Adventure is a delightful children’s book about curiosity, courage, and the friends you meet along the way.

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Barnes & Noble



Autographed copies available at Frugal Muse Books (Darien, IL)!

My Love For You Is Like a Garden

With bright, watercolor cut-paper collages, My Love for You Is Like a Garden celebrates the unconditional love between parent and child. A perfect gift for baby showers, new parents, or anyone you love!

Say "I love you" with this tender, heartfelt book families will love to read together over and over again. Bold, colorful illustrations and vibrant garden scenes will inspire readers of all ages to explore the natural world–and maybe even plant their own garden.


Children will delight in finding ladybugs hidden throughout, and a glossary provides the names of each plant and animal featured. A beautiful book to share with a child, parent, or anyone who means the world to you!

Coming Spring 2023!