Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10 Kids' Books Illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is the husband of YA author Julie Halpern. He is a graphic designer, as well as a children's author and illustrator, and he lives in the suburbs of Chicago.  You can read his full bio on his website.  He also has a blog. You can see a photo of Mr. Cordell in this 2008 interview conducted by author James Preller. Below is a list of some of the works he has illustrated.

Justin Case Series

In his diary, Justin Krzeszewski relates the highs and lows of his life as he progresses through a worrisome third grade year, a disastrous summer camp experience, and a new school year plagued by bullies. There are three titles in this series, which is written by Rachel Vail.


Eleanor Series

Sensitive eight-year-old Eleanor deals with the complicated emotions associated with experiences such as her babysitter moving away, going to a summer camp she doesn't like and overcoming stage fright. There are three books in the series, which is written in free verse by Julie Sternberg.

More Poetry

  • Gone Fishing by Tamara Will Wissinger is the story of a family fishing trip which highlights the rivalry between a brother and a sister while simultaneously demonstrating different poetic forms.
  • Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It by Gail Carson Levine is a collection of apology poems modeled after William Carlos Williams' poem, "This is Just to Say."

Picture Books

  • What Floats in a Moat? by Lynne Berry explores the concept of buoyancy and makes it understandable to a young elementary audience.
  • Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson celebrates the connection between a mother and her child. No matter how far away the baby frog wanders, he'll always leap back home to his mommy!

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