María Laura Devetach is an Argentinian writer, poet and teacher. She mainly writes children books. She has also written radio and TV plays. She has been, alongside Argentinian writers like María Elena Walsh, Graciela Montes, Ema Wolf, Ricardo Mariño or Elsa Bornemann, a precursor of childrens literature. Her books were forbidden during the military dictatorship that governed the country between 1976 y 1983.She has published more than ninety works, most of them Children books, although there are also essays, poetry books and short stories that aim for adult readers.
These books have accompanied many generations of readers since 1965. Many of those titles still continue to be reissued.She has recieved many national and international prizes and awards, amongst them an Honoris causa doctorate from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, the Octogonal prize from the Centro Internacional de estudios de la Juventud from París, the honorary list from the IBBY9, the Premio Konex 2004 in the category Childrens Literature and the Premio Iberoamericano SM de literatura infantil y juvenil.She was married to Gustavo Roldán (deceased 2012), also a children books writer, and they co-authored various books.
They had two children, Laura y Gustavo. The last one is an artist and has illustrated some of her works.