Stef Wade Releases 4th Picture Book, MOVING TO MARS

 

Latest discoveries in space have even the youngest scientists excited and local author, Stef Wade, is piquing their interest with her newest picture book, MOVING TO MARS, illustrated by Erin Taylor.

As a follow-up to her best-selling, A PLACE FOR PLUTO, Wade highlights the grumpy Mars, who is unhappy when unexpected visitors arrive. But when they leave, Mars realizes being alone isn’t all that great. Mars reaches out to his space friends for comfort and help. Maybe Mars is a people planet after all!

Author Stef Wade (A Place for Pluto) interweaves friendship and humor throughout the space story and seamlessly connects nonfiction information to the narrative in the back matter.

“Since A PLACE FOR PLUTO released in 2018, I’ve had the best time connecting with students and young readers about space. Their knowledge and interest astound me! I’m so excited to share this book about the possibility of living on another planet.”

Stef hopes MOVING TO MARS continues to push the boundaries of possibility in space with young readers while helping with social emotional themes of learning how to adapt to change.

Stef plans to visit classrooms, both in-person and virtually, to share MOVING TO MARS with students across the United States.

She will celebrate the release of this book with a story time at Barnes & Noble in Brookfield, WI on Saturday, August 20 at 10:30 am. Signed books are also available at Boswell Books in Milwaukee.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stef Wade is the award-winning author of A PLACE FOR PLUTO, THE VERY LAST LEAF, Q&U CALL IT QUITS, and MOVING TO MARS. Stef holds a BA in advertising from Marquette University and an MBA in Integrated Marketing Communication from DePaul University. Stef is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Stef was born in Chicago and raised in Des Plaines, Illinois. She currently resides Brookfield, Wisconsin with her husband and three boys.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:

Erin Taylor loves to travel: by plane, train, automobile and pencil. She has lived in three different hemispheres and strives to reflect her world experiences in her artwork. When Erin’s feet are on the ground she loves time with her family, getting lost in the wild, and visiting the zoo. Drawing is a daily necessity, just like eating, which she also enjoys quite a bit!

MOVING TO MARS cover reveal

I’m so excited to share the cover to my next book, a fun companion to A PLACE FOR PLUTO…MOVING TO MARS!

I’ve paired up with Author and Blogger Sandra Nickel to share in the fun surprise. For the full reveal post, click here

Mars likes peace and quiet and is not happy when unexpected visitors start showing up. But when they leave, Mars realizes being alone isn’t all that great.

Maybe MARS is a people planet after all!

As a follow-up to A Place for Pluto, Moving to Mars by Stef Wade, illustrated by Erin Taylor, brings the same mix of humor, science, and friendship to the audience — creating another out-of-this-world reading experience!

Moving to Mars releases August 1, 2022. Pre-sale information and links coming soon.

Stay tuned, space fans! This book will be out of this world!

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

 

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.

 

 

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