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Cornelia Maude Spelman

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Spelman has lived in Evanston since 1981.

Biography: 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.

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children


Selected Titles

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

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.

Everybody's somewhere
ISBN: 9781633223844 OCLC: 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: 881276491

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

Missing :
ISBN: 0810127121 OCLC: 630480120

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 care about others /
ISBN: 0807588989 OCLC: 47296203

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 angry /
ISBN: 0807588970 OCLC: 41641215

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.

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

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: 51637966

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 feel sad /
ISBN: 0807588997 OCLC: 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: 47296217

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 feel worried /
ISBN: 0807588954 OCLC: 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: 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: 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.