Author Stef Wade’s 5th Book, MOVING TO MARS

I’m over the moon to announce my FIFTH picture book (a whole hand! I know!), MOVING TO MARS, written by me, Stef Wade, and illustrated by Erin Taylor. MOVING TO MARS is published by Capstone and releases in August 2022.

A perfect companion to A PLACE FOR PLUTO, MOVING TO MARS details our favorite red planet who’s not so happy when unexpected visitors show up. But as they leave, Mars realizes being alone isn’t as great as he thought it was. What can he do to make himself a people planet?

Packed with lots of space facts, puns and some old familiar characters, this book is a great addition to any space unit or STEM curriculum.

 

Stay tuned, space fans! Can’t wait to share another out of this world story with you!

-stef

 

Q & U CALL IT QUITS available now!

I’m QUite excited to announce that Q & U CALL IT QUITS is available now!

For fans of Z Is for Moose and Little i, this hilarious and quirky story about friendship and the alphabet will make young readers excited about letter learning.

What happens when best friends Q and U quarrel? It’s a real quandary, since they have always been quality friends—a true squad.

But sometimes, U wants some time to herself—even though Q is lonely because he doesn’t always fit in with the other letters without her. When the rest of the alphabet notices the split, they decide they want to do the same. And utter chaos ensues!

Can Q and U come together to quell the mayhem and help the letters repair their friendships?

Q & U CALL IT QUITS, illustrated by Jorge Martin, received a starred review from School Library Journal:

“This humorous and punny alphabet book highlighting letter blends features colorful and vibrant digitally rendered illustrations. Letter blends within the text are appropriately highlighted in red, making it easy to share examples with young readers. Wade’s quirky story pairs well with the personified letters in Anne Marie Houppert’s What About X? An Alphabet Adventure.
VERDICT An entertaining recommendation for preschool and early elementary school teachers on a quest for alphabet-themed picture books about letter blending.”
To read the whole review, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q & U CALL IT QUITS is available everywhere books are sold!

IndieBound

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Q & U CALL IT QUITS Cover Reveal

I’m QUite excited to share the cover of my next picture book, Q & U CALL IT QUITS, illustrated by Jorge Martin. This story will be my third picture book and is published by HarperCollins, available June 15, 2021.

Q AND U CALL IT QUITS is a story of two good friends, Q&U. When U gets sick of Q being needy, she sets off for some alone time. When the other letter blends catch wind of the split, they begin to drift apart, creating chaos and confusion. How can the words be spelled without the letter blends?

I’m in love with these two QUirky letters and all the shenanigans they get in to. I’m so excited for you to meet them in June, but for now, feast your eyes on this adorable cover! Jorge’s talents know no bounds. Each page of this book is filled with such detail and whimsy, I can’t stop staring.

The book is available for pre-order through IndieBound and Amazon.

Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

I’m so excited to share the news that A PLACE FOR PLUTO is a 2021 Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee! Sponsored by the Arizona Library Association, the Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture, Non-Fiction, Intermediate, Tween and Teen. The nominees are read by teachers, librarians and students with approximately 45,000 Arizona students vote each year.

I’m honored to be among these incredible authors and illustrators and can’t wait for A PLACE FOR PLUTO to be shared with so many students in the great state of Arizona!

Here is the list of 2021 Grand Canyon Reader Award nominees in the picture book category.

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris (2019)
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli (2019)
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings (2018)
The Donkey Egg by Janet Stevens (2019)
Eraser by Anna Kang (2018)
The Good Egg by Jory John (2019)
Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich (2019)
A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade (2018)
The Wall in the Middle of The Book by Jon Agee (2018)
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! By Ryan T. Higgins (2018)

For more information, click here.

 

 

THE VERY LAST LEAF with Picture Book Perfect

THE VERY LAST LEAF cover and interview

I’m so excited about the release of my second picture book, THE VERY LAST LEAF, illustrated by Jennifer Davison. And to kick things off, I was (virtually) interviewed by Picture Book Perfect blogger, Rachael, on all things Lance Cottonwood. Rachael so kindly calls THE VERY LAST LEAF, a “tree-mendous picture book with a blossoming balance of nature facts and an autumnal story about overcoming anxiety” and notes it as one of her top picks for 2020!

To check out the interview, click here! 

 

A PLACE FOR PLUTO: Magnolia Book Award

Any time A PLACE FOR PLUTO is nominated or wins an award, I have to say, my heart soars with excitement. Most recently, A PLACE FOR PLUTO written by Stef Wade (that’s me!) and illustrated by Melanie Demmer, was awarded runner-up for the 2020 Magnolia Book Award, awarded by the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

This award is extra special because it is voted on by the true audience of these books…the kids! Students in Mississippi, ages kindergarten through second grade, were eligible to vote for this award. It means so much to me to know these kids hold a special place in their heart for our pal, Pluto.

The winner of the 2020 Magnolia Book Award goes WHAT DO THEY DO WITH ALL THAT POO? by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by Allison Black.

The winners for every category can be found at the Mississippi Children’s Museum website. To view the list, click here.

For more about A PLACE FOR PLUTO, links for ordering, and more on my upcoming books, click here.

Thanks to all the kids who voted for Pluto! We all know he can use all the love he can get.

Thanks and keep on reading!

Pre-Order THE VERY LAST LEAF

I’m excited to announce my second picture book, THE VERY LAST LEAF by Stef Wade (that’s me!), illustrated by Jennifer Davison, is now available for pre-order. THE VERY LAST LEAF releases on August 1, 2020.

THE VERY LAST LEAF cover image

What’s THE VERY LAST LEAF about?

Lance Cottonwood is the best and brightest of the leaves, but even the top students on the tree have worries. Can Lance conquer his fear of falling and just let go when the time comes for his final exam, or will he let his worries take over? In this funny and encouraging picture book, best-selling author Stef Wade (A Place for Pluto) tells an engaging story and deftly addresses social and emotional struggles many kids encounter each day…feeling anxious, wanting to be perfect, facing fears, etc. These themes combined with illustrator Jennifer Davison’s delightful characters and rich autumnal colors make The Very Last Leaf a perfect book for the start of a new school year, the arrival of autumn, or any period of transition in life.

I don’t know what the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year is going to look like, but I expect there to be higher levels of anxiety than normal – both from students and from parents. This book helps children through the process of identifying fears and working through them and, I believe, will be a great addition to any school or home library!

Pre-order Details

To pre-order THE VERY LAST LEAF, visit any of the following links:

Indiebound

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Book Launch

In these changing times, I am unsure of what my book launch will look like. Whether virtual or in-person, I will be sharing that information with you in the upcoming months. I hope to see all of you there when I share Lance with the world for the first time.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

Happy Reading! 

A Place for Pluto Home Activities

Hello space-lovers!

While we spend some time at home, I wanted to put together a place to add activities that supplement A PLACE FOR PLUTO! Check out these links for extra fun at home. I will continue to add to this list. If you have a Pluto activity you’ve used, please feel free to email me the link/materials at [email protected]

Stef Wade’s Facebook Live: A PLACE FOR PLUTO_activitysheet

Capstone: A PLACE FOR PLUTO Activity Kit

Stef Wade’s Pinterest Page: Links to space activities and more! 

The Primary Gal: A Place fo Pluto Story Elements

 

THE VERY LAST LEAF Cover Reveal

I’m thrilled to share with you the cover for my next picture book, THE VERY LAST LEAF, releasing on August 1, 2020 from Capstone Publishing and illustrated by the amazing Jennifer Davison.

I’m so excited for you to meet Lance Cottonwood, who is the best and brightest student in his class, but he’s afraid of his final exam…falling from the tree.

This book not only teaches life cycle of leaf in a fun way, but gently approaches the topic of anxiety and how to deal with fear.

I can’t wait for this book to enter the world, but until then, I leave you with the cover for THE VERY LAST LEAF! Click the link from my super agent, Christa Heschke, to view the entire cover in all of it’s autumnal glory!

http://christaheschke.blogspot.com

Stef Wade’s Q AND U CALL IT QUITS to be published by HarperCollins

I’m QUivering with excitement to finally announce to you my third picture book! Q AND U CALL IT QUITS is set to release Summer 2021, published by HarperCollins, with Jorge Martin illustrating. I’m beyond thrilled to be working with Karen Chaplin at HarperCollins and to see my words come to life through the magic of Jorge Martin.

Q AND U CALL IT QUITS is a story of two good friends, Q&U. When U gets sick of Q being needy, she sets off for some alone time. When the other letter blends catch wind of the split, they begin to drift apart, creating chaos and confusion. How can the words be spelled without the letter blends?

This story has no lack of puns and silly humor, but also helps teach children about letter blend sounds through the theme of teamwork.

I’m so excited to be working with Jorge Martin. He has illustrated a family favorite of ours, LITTLE TACO TRUCK, along with FAIRY TALE PETS, and various other children’s titles. His illustrations are whimsical and colorful and I know he is going to knock it out of the park with our friends Q and U. You can check out his work here.

Jorge Martin’s Little Taco Truck – a Wade family favorite!

I’ll have more information in the future. Thanks for coming along on this ride with me. I feel blessed to continue on this exciting path doing what I love the most!

To read the full rights report from Publisher’s Weekly, click here.