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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Matthew Cordell  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Illustrator

Audience: Children;

Born: 1975 in Greenville, South Carolina

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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, Illinois author - Julie Halpern, 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.


Another Brother

Starred Review, School Library Journal

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2013


Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children


Starred Review, Booklist

First Grade Drop Out

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

hello! hello!

Notable Picture Book, New York Times

A Best Children's Book, BookPage

Young Hoosier Book Award Master List

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2015

Hello, Neighbor!

Junior Library Guild Selection

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Justin Case

Starred Review, Booklist

King Alice

Kids' Indie Next Pick for Fall, 2018

Lost. Found.

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

'Special Delivery '

Best Picture Book, Washington Post, 2015

Starred Review, Kirkus


ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Starred Review, Booklist

Wolf in the Snow

Caldecott Medal, 2018

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

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, Horn Book, 2017

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Another brother
ISBN: 9781250207623. OCLC Number: 705716870

Feiwel and Friends,. .

Davy the sheep wishes he had time alone with his parents, as he did before his twelve brothers came along and started imitating his every move, but when his wish comes true Davy misses playing with the youngsters.

Bat and Rat
ISBN: 9781419701603. OCLC Number: 748812810

Abrams Books for Young Readers,. .

One night at the Hotel Midnight, the lyrics written and sung by jazz musician Rat are those inspired by his friendship with Bat, who plays the piano and writes the tunes.

ISBN: 1250317169. OCLC Number: 1122801523

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Bob, not Bob!
ISBN: 9781484723029. OCLC Number: 936429791

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When a young boy gets a cold, he just wants his mommy. But his stuffy nose makes it difficult for him to call out to his mom--not 'Bob, ' who happens to be the family dog--

Dream /
ISBN: 1484773403. OCLC Number: 958797760

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"Follows a gorilla family as they imagine their baby's future.

Explorers /
ISBN: 1250174961. OCLC Number: 1109767444

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"When a family goes to a local museum, a boy notices a homeless man sitting outside, making brightly colored origami birds. He convinces his dad to buy a bird the man makes just for him. Once inside the museum, his little sister takes the bird and launches it into the air. Is it lost? Soon another boy helps him look, and the paper bird brings two families--and two new friends--together" --

First grade dropout
ISBN: 9780544129856. OCLC Number: 881848354

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After an embarrassing incident, a young boy decides to quit school.

Forgive me, I meant to do it :
ISBN: 9780062253538. OCLC Number: 885170376

HarperCollins,. .

Inspired by William Carlos William's famous poem, This Is Just to Say, a collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.

Gone fishing :
ISBN: 0544439317. OCLC Number: 809988962

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In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, rhythm, stanzas, and poetic forms.

Hello neighbor! :
ISBN: 0823446182. OCLC Number: 1131872554

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"A biographical look at the life and career of Fred Rogers and the impact of his show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"--

Hello! hello!
ISBN: 9781423159063. OCLC Number: 759695756

Disney Hyperion Books,. .

A child seeks a way to communicate with parents and a brother who are busy with their electronic devices.

ISBN: 9781368020824. OCLC Number: 1029074245

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Two lions celebrate their grandchild and express all the ways this new life has expanded their world, and the hope they hold for his future--

If the S in moose comes loose /
ISBN: 0062295101. OCLC Number: 990286890

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When Moose loses the last two letters of his name and disappears, Cow begs, borrows, and steals to find the necessary letters so that she can be reunited with her best friend.

If you were a chocolate mustache :
ISBN: 159078927X. OCLC Number: 783154971

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Riddles, limericks, story poems, nonsense rhymes, haiku, and other poetic forms seasoned with funny art by Cordell.

Itsy-bitsy baby mouse
ISBN: 9781416937869. OCLC Number: 646715923

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

A baby mouse gets lost and experiences frightening adventures before finding his way back home to his parents.

Justin Case :
ISBN: 1250027233. OCLC Number: 748331355

Feiwel and Friends,. .

"Justin is going to start fourth grade-but first, he has to survive the summer. He "gets" to go to camp every day on a bus. He "gets" to experience all sorts of new things: Bugs. Mess hall food. Flip-flops (they hurt the space between his toes and they're hard to walk in). And (gulp!) swimming. Justin's little sister, Elizabeth, seems to deal with camp just fine. So do his friends. Justin is trying very hard not to be a worried kid anymore, especially when it comes to making friends at camp, including a new kid who is kind of ... rough. After all, Justin is going to be in fourth grade. It's time to be brave. Right?"--Jacket.

Justin Case :
ISBN: 0312563574. OCLC Number: 457152500

Feiwel and Friends,. .

"It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right?"--Publisher.

Leap back home to me /
ISBN: 1416906649. OCLC Number: 522384025

Margaret K. McElderry Books,. .

A little frog makes increasingly bold leaps out into the world, and then comes back to his mother after each excursion.

Leaps and bounce /
ISBN: 1423152344. OCLC Number: 890912582

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Illustrations and rhyming text follow a small group of tadpoles as they undergo a change, from tiny, tailed swimmers to leaping frogs.

Like bug juice on a burger /
ISBN: 1419701908. OCLC Number: 808421253

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"As the days go on, nine-year-old Eleanor realizes that maybe being at summer camp isn't so bad after all, and is full of special surprises"--

Like carrot juice on a cupcake
ISBN: 9781419710339. OCLC Number: 852957104

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A new girl at school throws nine-year-old Eleanor's relationship with her best friend Pearl into disarray.

Like pickle juice on a cookie
ISBN: 1419720503. OCLC Number: 921864162

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When nine-year-old Eleanor's beloved babysitter Bibi moves away to care for her ailing father, Eleanor must spend the summer adjusting to a new babysitter while mourning the loss of her old one.

Lost. found. /
ISBN: 1626720177. OCLC Number: 898911304

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When a bear loses his bright red scarf in the woods, it is found--and lost again--by a series of animals that use it to keep warm or to have fun, but they disagree over who really owns it and cause a problem that only the scarf's true owner can fix.

Mighty Casey
ISBN: 9780312367640. OCLC Number: 190784897

Feiwel and Friends,. .

The Delmar Dogs baseball team is terrible, especially Casey Jenkins, but with a little bit of faith in themselves, they finally manage to win a game.

Ollie and Claire /
ISBN: 0399256032. OCLC Number: 776999978

Philomel Books,. .

Bored with her ho-hum routine with her best friend Ollie, Claire secretly plans a new adventure with a mystery person.

Return to Gill Park /
ISBN: 0823419983. OCLC Number: 61240717

Holiday House,. .

When thirteen-year-old Willy Wilson returns to Gloria to enroll in Gill Park Gallery School, he finds himself in the middle of a politically backed struggle to save the park and to solve a treasure hunt.

Righty and Lefty :
ISBN: 0439636299. OCLC Number: 74458783

Scholastic Press,. .

Even though Lefty and Righty like different things, they find they must learn to get along together without tripping over each other.

Rock 'n' roll soul /
ISBN: 1419728490. OCLC Number: 1000583418

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A young music lover steps onto the school talent show stage determined to be herself and sing her own unique song.

Rooting for you :
ISBN: 9781423152309. OCLC Number: 782251790

Disney*Hyperion,. .

A seed, afraid but bored in the dark soil, decides to put out one little root, then one little shoot, before learning that there are plenty of friends around for encouragement.

Rules, tools, and maybe a bully
ISBN: 9781250039781. OCLC Number: 859187946

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Embarking on a new school year filled with friends, tests, and other worries, Justin Case records the tribulations of fourth grade in his diary while struggling to outmaneuver a local bully.

Second grade holdout
ISBN: 9780544876811. OCLC Number: 956530239

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Missing the familiarity of first grade and imagining the impossible tasks assigned by his next teacher, a boy refuses to start second grade.

Special delivery
ISBN: 9781596439313. OCLC Number: 873985310

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A little girl goes on a long journey to deliver an elephant to her great aunt--

The Gorillas of Gill Park /
ISBN: 0823417514. OCLC Number: 50034918

Holiday House,. .

While spending the summer before seventh grade with his aunt, Willy Wilson finds his first friends ever in the colorful characters who all love the neighborhood park owned by an eccentric old man.

The knowing book /
ISBN: 1590789261. OCLC Number: 914219107

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"This story begins and ends with the sky that is always above you. In between, a young rabbit travels through the wide world, experiencing joy and sorrow and all the wonder that the world has to offer. Along the way he chooses a path, explores the unknown, and ventures along trails on and off the map. And at the end of the journey, braver and more confident, he returns home, the place he can always count on and will always know."--Provided by

The moon is la luna :
ISBN: 0618646450. OCLC Number: 169869301

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Easy-to-read text introduces Spanish words and rhymes them with English ones that are sometimes very different, as well as providing advice on using words that are much the same.

The only fish in the sea
ISBN: 9781626722828. OCLC Number: 953842575

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Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue Ellsworth, the goldfish Little Amy Scott received for her birthday and threw right into the ocean.

Toby and the snowflakes /
ISBN: 0618420045. OCLC Number: 53954060

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

Lonely after his best friend moves away, Toby finds new playmates in the talking snowflakes that begin to fall.

Toot toot zoom! /
ISBN: 0763634522. OCLC Number: 309337229

Candlewick Press,. .

Pierre the fox goes on a road trip to find a friend.

Trouble gum /
ISBN: 0312387741. OCLC Number: 276602359

Feiwel and Friends,. .

Playing indoors with his little brother on a rainy day, a rambunctious young pig causes a ruckus and then breaks his mother's three chewing gum rules.

What floats in a moat?
ISBN: 9781416997634. OCLC Number: 586122869

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

While trying to cross a moat, Archimedes the Goat and Skinny the Hen learn why objects sink or float.

Wish /
ISBN: 148470875X. OCLC Number: 863801636

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When an elephant couple decides it is time to have a child, unexpected challenges arise but, at last, the pair's deepest wish comes true.

Wolf in the snow
ISBN: 9781250076366. OCLC Number: 940283649

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When a wolf cub and little girl are lost in a snowstorm they must find their way home.