Laura Deal

Laura Deal lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and is originally from Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. She enjoys writing and many other forms of creative arts. She believes it is important for children, like her daughter, to see their own stories reflected in the pages of Northern-based storybooks. Laura is the author of In the Sky at Nighttime, The Ugly Place, and How Nivi Got Her Names, which is also available as a short film.

Books by Laura Deal

One day Nivi asks her mom how she got her names, and the answer leads her to an understanding of traditional Inuit naming practices.
This lyrical poem sends readers sailing through the Arctic night sky to see and hear the unique beauty of a Northern night.

This heartwarming book about a little girl’s larger-than-life love for her larger-than-life grandfather will charm grandparents and little ones alike.


A child makes their way along the Arctic shoreline on a dark day. Everything around them seems as ugly as their mood until the child closes their eyes and breathes. What they once saw as an ugly landscape is now wonderful and vibrant.