Lara represents NYT bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction and nonfiction. She loves digging in editorially with clients, but her favorite part of being an agent is working with each author and illustrator to build a unique, long, and satisfying career.
Lara has a BA in English and Fine Arts from Amherst College and an MA in English Literature from Columbia University, where she studied feminist and postcolonial theory. Prior to joining ABLA in 2010, she studied architecture at a graduate level at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and then began her career in publishing as an assistant at the B.J. Robbins Literary Agency.
After many years in New York and the San Francisco Bay area, Lara lives in her hometown of Los Angeles with her family, including her two kids who love picture books almost as much as she does. She drinks far too much coffee.
Author-illustrator Ross Burach’s picture books THE LITTLE BUTTERFLY THAT COULD and GOODNIGHT, BUTTERFLY, the second and third book in The Very Impatient Caterpillar series. Sold to Scholastic, in a good deal, in an exclusive submission.
Sydney Taylor Honor-winning author Katherine Locke’s fabulist young adult novel THIS REBEL HEART, pitched as LOVELY WAR meets CODE NAME VERITY, in which a Jewish teen finds her voice during the student-led 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Sold to Knopf/PRH, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal.
Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes’ LIBBY LOVES SCIENCE and VIVI LOVES SCIENCE, the third and fourth picture books in the LOVES SCIENCE series, plus the first two I Can Read titles in the series, CECE LOVES SCIENCE: PUSH AND PULL and LIBBY LOVES SCIENCE: MIX AND MEASURE, illustrated by Joelle Murray. Sold to Greenwillow in a good deal, in an exclusive submission.
The first two books in Indie Bestselling author Natalie C. Parker’s debut middle grade series, THE DEVOURING WOLF, a queer take on werewolf mythology, as a 12-year-old werewolf must solve a decades-old mystery and face a terrifying creature from legend. Sold to Razorbill in a multiple bid situation, in a two book deal.
Author of ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER Tami Charles’ YA novel in verse MUTED, inspired by the #metoo movement and her experience in an all-girl R&B group, exploring the dark side of the music industry—and what it takes to fight back. Sold to Scholastic, at auction, in a six-figure deal.
Journalist Julia Lyon’s debut nonfiction picture book text A DINOSAUR NAMED RUTH, about a girl who discovered dinosaur bones in her backyard and helped unearth one of the most exciting paleontological discoveries of our time. Sold to McElderry Books/S&S in a competitive situation.
Debut illustrator Kaley Bales’ illustrations for WHY SHE WROTE by hosts of the podcast BONNETS AT DAWN Lauren Burke and Hannah Chapman, a graphic history of the fascinating lives and influence of 18 women writers from the 18th to early 20th centuries, including Jane Austen, Anne Lister, and Alice Dunbar Nelson. Sold to Chronicle.
THINGS I LOVE:
Will They-Won't They love stories
My mom's Knedlíky y svíčková