Matthew Cordell

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General Information

Name: Matthew Cordell

Pen Name: None

Born: 1975 in Greenville, South Carolina




Illinois Connection

Cordell lived in Chicago and now lives in Gurnee with his wife, Illinois author, Julie Halpern.

Biographical and Professional Information

Matthew Cordell's artistic passions led him to Chicago. This is where he met his wife and discovered his love for children's books. While he is a popular illustrator for other children's authors, he also writes and illustrates his own books.

Published Works

Books written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell:

  • Trouble Gum, Feiwel and Friends, 2009
  • Another Brother, Feiwel & Friends, 2012
  • hello! hello!, Disney-Hyperion, 2012
  • Wolf in the Snow, Feiwel & Friends, 2017

Wish Series

  • Wish, Disney-Hyperion, 2015
  • Dream, Disney-Hyperion, 2017

Books Illustrated by Matthew Cordell:

  • The Gorilla of Gill Park , Holiday House, 2003 - written by Amy Gordon
  • Toby and the Snowflakes, Houghton Mifflin, 2004 - written by Cordell's wife, Julie Halpern
  • Return to Gill Park, Holiday House, 2006 - written by Amy Gordon
  • Righty & Lefty, Scholastic Press, 2007 - written by Rachel Vail
  • The Moon is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English and Spanish, Houghton Mifflin, 2007 - written by Jay M. Harris
  • TOOT! TOOT! ZOOM!, Candlewick Press, 2008 - written by Phyllis Root
  • Mighty Casey, Feiwel and Friends, 2008 - written by James Preller
  • Leap Back Home to Me, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011 - written by Lauren Thompson
  • Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, Square Fish, 2011 - written by Rachel Vail
  • Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, Abrams, 2011 - written by Julie Sternberg
  • Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems, HarperCollins, 2012 - written by Gail Carson Levine
  • Itsy-Bitsy Baby Mouse, Simon & Schuster, 2012 - written by Michelle Meadows
  • Bat and Rat, Abrams, 2012 - written by Patrick Jennings
  • If You Were a Chocolate Mustache, WordSong, 2012 - written by J. Patrick Lewis
  • Like Bug Juice on a Burger, Abrams, 2013 - written by Julie Sternberg
  • What Floats in a Moat?, Simon & Schuster, 2013 - written by Lynne Berry
  • Ollie and Claire, Philomel Books, 2013 - written by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
  • Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom, Square Fish, 2013 - written by Rachel Vail
  • Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake, Abrams, 2014 - written by Julie Sternberg
  • Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully, Feiwel & Friends, 2014 - written by Rachel Vail
  • Rooting for You, Disney-Hyperion, 2014 - written by Susan Hood
  • Special Delivery, Roaring Brook Press, 2015 - written by Philip C. Stead
  • Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse, HMH, 2015 - written by Tamera Will Wissinger
  • First Grade Dropout, Clarion Books, 2015 - written by Audrey Vernick
  • Lost. Found., Roaring Brook Press, 2015 - written by Marsha Diane Arnold
  • The Knowing Book, Boyds Mills Press, 2016 - written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Leaps and Bounce, Disney-Hyperion, 2016 - written by Susan Hood
  • Bob, Not Bob!, Disney-Hyperion, 2017 - written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick
  • Second Grade Holdout, Clarion, 2017 - written by Audrey Vernick
  • The Only Fish in the Sea, Roaring Brook Press, 2017 - written by Philip C. Stead

Titles at Your Library

Literary Awards

Another Brother

  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013

Special Delivery

  • Best Picture Book, Washington Post, 2015

hello! hello!

  • Notable Picture Book, New York Times
  • Starred Book, Kirkus
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015


  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Wolf in the Snow

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, Horn Book, 2017
  • Honor Award for Picture Book, Boston Globe-Horn, 2017
  • Best Book, NPR, 2017
  • Best Book, Horn Book, 2017
  • Best Book, School Library Journal, 2017
  • Best Book, Kirkus, 2017
  • Best Book, Boston Globe, 2017
  • Best Book, Huffington Post, 2017

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

External Links

Matthew Cordell on WorldCat


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