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A Conversation with Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is the author-illustrator of Wolf in the Snow, winner of the 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal. Julie Danielson interviewed him by email for Calling Caldecott. Calling Caldecott: Hi, Matt! Before we kick off the new Caldecott season in earnest, we thought it’d be fun to have a brief chat (a Matt-chat, if you will) about what […]

2018 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Matthew Cordell

When I was five years old, I wanted to be a stuntman when I grew up. When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a ninja. When I was fifteen years old, I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. When I was twenty years old, I wanted to be a graphic designer. It […]

Profile of 2018 Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell

I always knew Matt would win a Caldecott. Does that sound obnoxious? Let me explain. Matt and I have been married fifteen years this summer. Our relationship began as what I like to refer to as “Hipsters: A Love Story.” Matt had moved to Chicago from South Carolina to work as a designer for a […]

Wolf in the Snow: Matthew Cordell’s 2017 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Long before I became entrenched in the world of making sequential art for books, I spent much of my youth and young adulthood looking at and making art that hangs on a wall. Art that communicates its message within a single image. So, now and again, I still get an itch to draw a picture […]

Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books: Five Questions for Matthew Cordell

This interview originally appeared in the November/December 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Preview: Picture Books, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by A red-jacketed girl braves a snowstorm to return […]

Wolf in the Snow

I’ve had my eye on Matthew Cordell’s Wolf in the Snow for months. Well, me and everyone else in the picture-book universe (including Betsy Bird, in this extremely articulate review. Please read it). Everything about the book says, This is something special — and that’s not a word I throw around lightly. It was published way back […]

Wolf in the Snow

I am not a decisive person, it seems. I have difficulty coming up with a list of Caldecott contenders IN LATE AUGUST, when traditionally Robin Smith, Lolly Robinson, and I kick off the Calling Caldecott season with our predictions (or, at least, our choices of books that we think should/could be in the running). But […]

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Here is where I confess–I chose this book before I had even seen it, based completely on the rave reviews it was getting from friends and in the press. This happened a few months ago and this reminded me of  why I thought, “I think we will have to talk about hello! hello!”  When Julie Danielson, in […]