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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Cornelia Maude Spelman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born:


-- Website -- http://www.corneliaspelman.com
-- Cornelia Maude Spelman on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=cornelia++maude+spelman

E-Mail: -- corneliamaude119@gmail.com


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.


Published Works

  • After Charlotte's Mom Died, Albert Whitman & Company, 1996
  • Your Body Belongs to You, Albert Whitman & Company, 1997
  • Mama and Daddy Bear`s Divorce, Albert Whitman & Company, 1998
  • When I Feel Angry, Albert Whitman & Company, 2000
  • Missing: A Memoir, Northwestern University Press, 2010
  • When I Feel Scared, Albert Whitman & Company, 2002 - Board book edition, 2010
  • When I Care About Others, Albert Whitman & Company, 2002
  • When I Feel Sad, Albert Whitman & Company, 2002
  • When I Feel Good About Myself, Albert Whitman & Company, 2003
  • When I Feel Jealous, Albert Whitman & Company, 2003
  • When I Miss You, Albert Whitman & Company, 2004 - Board book edition, 2010
  • When I Feel Worried, Albert Whitman & Company, 2013
  • Everybody’s Somewhere, Seagrass Press, 2017


Selected Titles At Your Library

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

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1996.

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.

Your body belongs to you /
ISBN: 0807594733. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

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

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

Albert Whitman & Company,. Morton Grove, IL :. 2000.

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

Missing :
ISBN: 0810127121. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2010.

"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 feel scared /
ISBN: 0807589004. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 2002.

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

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

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. ©2002.

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

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

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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 good about myself /
ISBN: 0807589012. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. ©2003,

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:

Albert Whitman * Company ;. Morton Grove, IL :. 2003.

"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 miss you /
ISBN: 0807589039. OCLC Number:

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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.

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

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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.

Everybody's somewhere /
ISBN: 1633223841. OCLC Number:

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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.


Awards

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
  • 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

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