Former Adrian resident publishes children’s picture book

A retired teacher from Adrian is launching a children’s picture book on grief to help children learn how to cope with the loss they are feeling.

“Always in Your Heart” is a tribute to Deb Wade’s late mother and is inspired by her granddaughters. Instilling a love of reading has always been Wade’s passion. With a degree in early childhood development from Siena Heights University, Wade taught Head Start, preschool, kindergarten and first grade in Adrian prior to retirement.

“This is my first children’s book. I’ve always wanted to write one. I love reading children’s books. The book began with my two granddaughters (Alex, 11, and Caroline, 6) because I lost my mom and my one granddaughter remembered my mom but the other one was too little. We talked about a lot of things that reminded us of her and we wrote them down. So I started writing a story for my girls and then my husband (Mike) said, ‘OK, I think you need to find a publisher.’ And the book evolved from being about my mom to a story that applied to all of us young and older, ”said Wade, who now lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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