Tucson Festival of Books

Matthew Cordell (he/him/his)


Matthew Cordell has illustrated many books for children including works of poetry, novels, and picture books. He has also illustrated and written numerous books himself including "Evergreen," the Cornbread and Poppy series and "Wolf in the Snow," which was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 2018. Cordell lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children. 

Visit website | Facebook Twitter Instagram

Awards: Caldecott Medal, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor


Scheduled events:
Courage in Facing Fear
When faced with fear and separation, characters need courage to be able to move forward in coping with their fears. The characters in these picture books deal with the danger of wildfire, an ill relative and a city under surveillance. Each finds within themselves the bravery that comes from compassion and connection.

Education Room 351 (Seats 46, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Matthew Cordell, Carmen Agra Deedy, Dan Yaccarino
Moderator: Janelle Mathis
Matthew Cordell Shares Evergreen
Enjoy a story read aloud by an author/illustrator as Matthew Cordell shares his new book, "Evergreen."

Story Blanket Tent (Seats 12)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Children / Teens

Panelist: Matthew Cordell
Moderator: Stephanie McAndrews
Illustrator Studio: Drawing in Ink with Matthew Cordell
Matthew Cordell will do a pen and ink demonstration of the process he uses in creating illustrations for his books and share examples from his books of different techniques with pen and ink. He will also invite participants to try out pen and ink. Matthew is the award-winning illustrator of "Evergreen," "Bear Island" and "Wolf in the Snow."

Education Room 437 (Seats 65, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Matthew Cordell
Moderators: Magdalena Castillo-Cockrum, Ray Martens
Visual Narratives: Creating Voice in a Wordless Book
Visual narratives use only visual images to powerfully tell a story. The voice in these books is found in the visual images rather than in words. In this session, three creators of wordless books, who range from a Caldecott winner to first-time creators, share their strategies for creating a strong voice for characters through visual images.

Education Room 333 (Seats 44, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Matthew Cordell, Daniel Vandever, Balint Zsako
Moderator: Magdalena Castillo-Cockrum

Books:
Evergreen
Children / Teens
Feiwel & Friends
February 2023
ISBN 9781250317179
48 pages

Bear Island
Children / Teens
Feiwel & Friends
January 2021
ISBN 9781250317162
48 pages