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The cover of THE VERY LAST LEAF, a picture book by Stef Wade. In a cute, cartoon style, a smiling orange leaf sits on a tree branch. The cover is done in autumnal shades of red, orange, and brown.

Happy Book Birthday to Stef Wade’s THE VERY LAST LEAF!

Stef Wade, the award-winning author of the picture book A PLACE FOR PLUTO, has written a second picture book titled THE VERY LAST LEAF. It came out today with Capstone to very nice reviews!

Lance Cottonwood is afraid to fall.

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.



“A reassuring story that should leave readers feeling a bit more self-confident.” ―Kirkus


“A great choice for addressing social emotional development…and as a bonus, scientific facts about Lanceleaf Cottonwoods are included.” Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School


This picture book is truly perfect for kids going back to school! Get your copy from these retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, or your local indie!

You can also connect with Stef through her website for more information on her and her books―including fun activities for kids! Visit her on Twitter and Instagram, too!