March 2022

Taking Another Look: Story and Imagination

Four award-winning creators of picture books talk about their process of collaborating with each other. Each superstar pair has just published their third book together around the power of imagination and story.

Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell has illustrated books for children including works of poetry, novels and picture books. His work includes "The Only Fish in the Sea" and "Follow That Frog" by Philip Stead. He has written and illustrated picture books such as "Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers," "Bear Island" and "Wish....

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Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the Newbery Medal-winning author of "Last Stop on Market Street." He is also the author of the award-winning picture books "Carmela Full of Wishes," "Love" and "A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis" and seven critically-acclaimed young-adult novels....

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Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson received a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in "Last Stop on Market Street." He is the author and illustrator of the picture books "Another" and "You Matter," and he has illustrated many more, including "Carmela Full of Wishes," the Gaston and Friends series, "School's First Day of School" and "The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade....

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Philip Stead

Philip Stead is the author and sometimes illustrator of more than twenty books for children. Together with his wife Erin he created "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal....

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