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Candy Wellins is a lifelong writer and book lover.  A former elementary school teacher, Candy has a BA in journalism and an M.Ed. in literacy education.  She’s now a full-time mom to three wonderful children who keep her up-to-date and immersed in kid’s literature.  When she’s not reading, writing or mother, Candy loves running, traveling and naps! Her debut picture book Saturdays Are For Stella  (Illustrated by Charlie Eve Ryan, PAGE STREET KIDS) comes out in August 2020.  Her Debut picture book biography The Stars Beckoned: Edward White's Amazing Walk in Space (Illustrated by Courtney Dawson, PHILOMEL) comes out in early 2021.  Candy and her family make their home in Central Texas. You can follow her at www.candywellins.com, on Instagram @candywellins or on Facebook @candywellins. 

Saturdays Are For Stella

Pub Date: August 11, 2020
Pages: 32 pages
Publisher: Page Street Kids, distributed by MacMillan 

ISBN-10: 1624149219

ISBN-13: 978-1624149214

George loves Saturdays.

That’s because Saturdays mean time with Grandma Stella. The two of them love going on adventures downtown to visit the dinosaur museum and ride on the carousel! Even when they stay in, George and Stella have fun together, making cinnamon rolls without popping open a tube and sharing the biggest, best hugs.

Then one day Stella is gone, and George is ready to cancel Saturdays. But when a new addition to the family arrives, George finds a way to celebrate the priceless memories he made with his grandma―while making new ones too.


Saturdays Are For Stella starred review--Kirkus

Media Appearances

September 15, 2020 A Picture Book with Heart to Spare (Picture Book Builders)

August 17, 2020-The Stars Beckoned Cover Reveal (Watch. Connect. Read)

August 17, 2020-Saturdays Are for Stella (Kid Lit Love)

August 16, 2020- Saturdays are for Stella (Reading With Your Kids podcast)

August 11, 2020- Simply Seven with Candy Wellins (Jena Benton Blog)

August 11, 2020- Book Birthday Interview with Candy Wellins (Math is Everywhere)

August 6, 2020 - Interview with Debut Author Candy Wellins (Critter Lit Blog)

June 12, 2020-Dinner with Debuts (The Writer's Rumpus)

April 30, 2020-Connecting with the Soaring 20s (The Children's Book Podcast)

Jan. 20, 2020-The Soaring 20s Debut Authors Talk Goals (24 Carrot Writing)

Feb. 18, 2019-Success Story Spotlight (The Writing Barn)