hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is the illustrator of over 25 books for children including picture books, novels, and works of poetry, several of which he has also written, including New York Times Notable picture book, Hello! Hello!. Matthew lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.


☕ CUPPA OF CHOICE: Coffee. I also love tea, but a cup of coffee gets me going in the morning. I’m not a morning person, but I am a dad of kids who are morning people and husband to wife who’s morning people too. Therefore, coffee is essential. I use a French press for my daily AM coffee routine. It may sound fancy schmancy, but I’m no coffee freak or purist or anything. I’m the sole coffee drinker in the house and this is really the simplest form of delivery for basically one cup a day. And no filters, man!

☕ HOT OFF THE PRESSES: Wish (Disney-Hyperion, March 2015); Special Delivery, written by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook Press, March 2015); First Grade Dropout written by Audrey Vernick (Clarion Books, July 2015); Lost. Found., written by Marsha Diane Arnold (Roaring Brook Press, November 3, 2015).


☕ FAVE FOODIE CHILDREN’S BOOK: I’m a big fan of HEY, PANCAKES! by Tamson Weston and Stephen Gammell (Silver Whistle, 2003). It’s a family favorite, actually. Great, fun story and great, fun art. We’ve used the recipe in the back many times. Every time you read it, you’re guaranteed a serious craving for some pancakes!

Visit Matthew Cordell’s Official Website and blog. 

☕☕ JUST ONE MORE SIP: Bonus Pic of Matthew’s steamy French Press:

☕ ☕ ☕ CAN’T GET ENOUGH: Check out the Blog Tour for Lost. Found. to learn more about this beary cool book just released this week!



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17 thoughts on “hotTEAs of Children’s Literature: Matthew Cordell

  1. Love the mug and the French press. If I had to choose just one, coffee would be it (though I do drink tea too). Love the covers of all four books.


  2. Just checked out Lost.Found from my library, the best library, always has the latest wonderful books, like Matthew Cordell’s! Thanks for a peek at his morning wake-up, Jama.


  3. Awww – First Grade Dropout looks like one I’ll have to find – the nephew would enjoy that – he’s at that stage where coming to grips with all the emotions learning brings up would amuse him.

    Also, J, I LOVE the people saying Thanksgiving grace on your header – gorgeous.


    1. Amazing year for Matthew with four new books out!

      Jill McElmurry’s art in Sharing the Bread is gorgeous. The spread in the header is author Pat Z. Miller’s fave in the book. 🙂


  4. I really like Matthew’s work…and now I know why: he’s a bit of a non-conformist, judging by the Descendants mug! (They were a punk band back in the ’80’s – we played everything they recorded when I was in college radio). And yes, the French press is awesome – it’s all we use here because it’s so easy and it really DOES provide a better cuppa Joe!


  5. Oh, fun! I love Matthew’s work–can’t wait to check out the latest. (And I love French press coffee, too–I just don’t like cleaning all the grounds out of the pot afterward.)


    1. Another member of the French press club! Oui, oui!! My mom used the coffee grounds for plant fertilizer. She had quite a green thumb. 🙂


  6. Is it wrong to comment not on Matthew’s incredible, truly fantastic books and just say OMG I LOVE YOUR DESCENDENTS MUG?!

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