Stella Writes is Moving to Scholastic! Plus a Stella Giveaway!

Hello Friends,
     I have wonderful news!  So wonderful, I made a little video to announce it!  I hope you'll check it out! (See it HERE!) 
Stella Writes is moving to Scholastic!  Plus, a Stella Writes giveaway!
     Since SDE has chosen to limit the professional books publication side of their business, Stella Writes had to find a new home.  I'm so grateful to my amazing friends at SDE for their hard work and support of the Stella series.  Their faith in the possibilities for these little books means so much.  We all feel Scholastic will be the perfect new home for Stella!
      As I share in the video, you may have noticed the new set is in the most recent Scholastic Resource catalogue, or perhaps you've even seen it on Amazon for pre-order (the books are due by mid-June).  I looked yesterday and saw that the series is the Number One New Release in Elementary Education!  
Stella Writes is moving to Scholastic!  Plus, a Stella Writes giveaway!

     Scholastic and I are teaming up for a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week Stella Writes Giveaway!  We are giving away 5 sets of the new books (to be delivered when they come out in June).  If you'd like to enter to win, just leave a comment on this blog post and I'll add your name to the list.  Winners will be announced next Sunday, May 13.
     I'm thrilled about this new partnership with Scholastic.  We'll have a Stella Writes website with teacher resources and videos, plus I've written a new teachers' guide for the four book set.  We're hoping to introduce Stella to many more teachers and students around the globe!  


22 comments

  1. I am a 2nd grade teacher, and I love the Stella books! I have been so eager to get "Stella Tells Her Story" and am thrilled to see it's now available! Congratulations on teaming with Scholastic! How exciting! Thanks for entering me in the give-away!

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    1. Hello Jillian,
      So wonderful to hear from you! I'm glad you're excited about the new release! I'm wondering if you are one of the teachers who contacted me about trying to get your hands on the books earlier this year? Anyway, thanks for your kind comments. You are entered in the giveaway!
      #HappyWriting to you and your students!
      -Janiel

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  2. I am not familiar with the Stella books, but they look useful for teaching writing. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      What grade do you teach? I'll enter your name for the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by!
      #happywriting,
      Janiel

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  3. The books look really interesting.

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    1. Hi Debra,
      I'll enter your name in the drawing.
      #happywriting
      -Janiel

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  4. I am a first year teacher so any support and books are greatly appreciated. I teach second grade and these books seems like they would fit perfectly.

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    1. Hi Karla,
      They are perfect for second grade! I have your entry.
      Have a great day!
      Janiel

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  5. I love any books that involve content that we teach, it’s a fun way to introduce! Excited to get my hands on these!

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    1. Hi Madeline,
      Yes! That's what I thought when I wrote them. They engage students with fun stories while teaching explicit writing content.
      Thanks for your comment!
      Janiel

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  6. These are perfect for my teachers requesting these very topics!

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    1. Excellent! They are perfect writing teacher resources!
      Thank you!
      Janiel

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  7. I found your books through a link by Scholastic on Twitter! These books look like the perfect addition to my first grade classroom and my writing workshop units of study! They'd make great anchor/mentor texts!

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    1. Hello Helen,
      Yes! That is their purpose. Stella is a wonderful peer mentor for your writers!
      Thank you!
      Janiel

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  8. These books look like a fun and important resource for my students! Very excited to see them!

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    1. Hi Maria,
      Great to hear! Yes, they are fun and instructive--the perfect teaching resource!
      Thanks for your comment,
      Janiel

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    2. Maria! You are one of the winners! Email me at janielwag@hotmail.com for details. Congratulations! :)

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  9. This looks really cool and something I could use with my daughter and when I work with younger kids.

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    1. I work with middle and high school students, but I run writing camps and work with local shelters, so I work with all ages.

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    2. Wonderful, Angela! Thanks for your comments. I'll put your name on the list. Check back late Sunday!
      #happywriting

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  10. These books like an amazing resource so I’d love a chance to win a set. Although I’m not familiar with the series, I am always looking for new ideas and strategies that will lead to student success!! Thanks in advance for entering me in the drawing!!
    Lynn Cobb (K teacher in Tampa, Fl)

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      These are definitely student favorites (and teacher favorites, too!). Many teachers like to begin their units of study with the appropriate title in the series. I like to use them this way and as a constant reference as we work through pieces. There's plenty to learn from Stella, her classmates, and Ms. Merkley!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Janiel

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