Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cornelia Maude Spelman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;


-- Website --

E-Mail: --

Illinois Connection

Spelman has lived in Evanston since 1981.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cornelia Maude Spelman is the author of a memoir and twelve picture books for young children. An MSW and former therapist, she seeks to contribute to the understanding of emotions, the importance of emotional connections to others, of emotional legacies in families, and of the value of personal histories. A daily diarist since 1981, her diaries are being archived at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard University.


When I Feel Sad

Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank St. College 2003

When I Feel Scared

Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank St. College 2003

When I Care About Others

Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank St. College 2003

When I Miss You

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2005

When I Feel Angry

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2000

Everybody's Somewhere

Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Younger People, NCSS-CBC - a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies & the Children’s Book Council, 2018

Other Awards:

Bernard de Voto Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction Award at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 2011

Cornelia was honored at the 2004 Illinois Author Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Selected Titles At Your Library

After Charlotte's mom died /
ISBN: 0807501964. OCLC Number: 32969199

A. Whitman,. .

Because her mom's death causes six-year-old Charlotte to feel sad, mad, and scared, she and her dad visit a therapist who helps them acknowledge and express their feelings.

Everybody's somewhere
ISBN: 9781633223844. OCLC Number: 972386378

. .

Where exactly do people go when you can t see them? In playful, bouncy rhymes, Everybody's Somewhere asks children to expand their perspective. Award-winning author Cornelia Maude Spelman invites children to imagine other people in other places doing different things, to be delighted by new ideas, and to be reassured that everyone is important and sharing the same world.

Mama and Daddy Bear's divorce /
ISBN: 0807552224. OCLC Number: 881276491

. .

Dinah Bear feels sad and scared when her parents say they are going to divorce.

Missing :
ISBN: 0810127121. OCLC Number: 630480120

Northwestern University Press,. .

"Acclaimed children's author Cornelia Maude Spelman has written a memoir of her family that emerges from a meeting and subsequent friendship with the late, legendary New Yorker editor William Maxwell. In the 1920's, he and her parents had been friends as undergraduates at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When Spelman hints at what she thinks of as the failure of her parents' lives, he counters that "in a good novel one doesn't look for a success story, but for a story that moves one with its human drama and richness of experience."

When I care about others /
ISBN: 0807588989. OCLC Number: 47296203

A. Whitman,. .

A little bear explains that he cares about the feelings of others and that others care about him.

When I feel angry /
ISBN: 0807588970. OCLC Number: 41641215

Albert Whitman & Company,. .

"A little rabbit describes what makes her angry and the different ways she can control her anger."--Title page verso.

When I feel good about myself /
ISBN: 0807589012. OCLC Number: 50583103

A. Whitman,. .

A young guinea pig explains that self-confidence comes from learning new things without being afraid of making mistakes and to remember that everyone has different qualities that make them lovable.

When I feel jealous /
ISBN: 0807589020. OCLC Number: 51637966

Albert Whitman * Company ;. .

"A young bear describes situations that make her jealous, how it feels to be jealous, and how she can feel better."--Title page verso.

When I feel sad /
ISBN: 0807588997. OCLC Number: 49285480

. .

A young guinea pig describes situations that make him sad, how it feels to be sad, and how he can feel better.

When I feel scared /
ISBN: 0807589004. OCLC Number: 47296217

A. Whitman,. .

A child describes situations that bring about fear, how it feels to be scared, and what can make things better.

When I feel worried /
ISBN: 0807588954. OCLC Number: 871789503

. .

A young guinea pig describes situations that make her worry, what being worried feels like, and how she can stop worrying. Includes note to parents and teachers.

When I miss you /
ISBN: 0807589039. OCLC Number: 52837857

. .

A young guinea pig describes situations that make him miss his parents, how it feels to miss them, and what he can do to feel better.

Your body belongs to you
ISBN: 9781451763850. OCLC Number: 36364093

. .

Explains what to say and do if someone touches your body when you do not want to be touched, especially when the action involves the touching of private parts.