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About Wade Bradford

Random House published Wade Bradford’s first picture book WHY DO I HAVE TO MAKE MY BED? in 2011.

Publishers Weekly said: “This book deserves a place on the shelves next to the Magic Bus series.”

Kirkus Reviews declared that Wade’s second book AROUND THE WORLD IN A BATHTUB “makes a splash with its lighthearted, global perspective on the ritual of bathing.”

Wade’s middle-grade adventure novel CAMP OMIGOSH debuted in 2015, published by Skyrocket Press.

Wade’s upcoming titles include PAPA BEAR’S PAGE FRIGHT (Peter Pauper), THERE’S A DINOSAUR ON THE 13TH FLOOR (Candlewick) and MR. COMPLAIN TAKES THE TRAIN (Clarion).

In addition to writing children’s books, Wade has penned over forty stage plays, many of which have been published by Eldridge Plays, Heuer Press, and Playscripts.

Wade graduated from CSUN with a BA in Creative Writing and a Masters in Literature. He teaches English at Moorpark College. You can find out more about Wade’s creative project by visiting his website:

Picture Books:
Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? (Random House 2011)
Around the World in a Bathtub (Charlesbridge 2017)
Papa Bear’s Page Fright (Peter Pauper Press 2018)
There’s a Dinosaur on the Thirteenth Floor (Candlewick 2018)
Mr. Complain Takes the Train (Clarion 2018)


“Ten years ago, I was attending my very first SCBWI conference. It was in Los Angeles, and it was overwhelming. I was surrounded by hundreds of creative geniuses and it felt inspiring yet humbling…and downright terrifying. At first I felt out of my league, as though I didn’t belong, and never would belong. By the end of the first day, so many people had encouraged me I had been nudged out of my introversion…and by the end of the conference I had developed new skills, new goals, a sharper focus, and a whole lot of confidence. Like so many others have said before: I found my tribe. Now, I would like to ‘pay it forward’ by becoming a mentor.”

— Wade Bradford

About the Bradford Mentorship