StoryMakers with Matthew Cordell HELLO, NEIGHBOR!
It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood!
On StoryMakers we get to meet Caldecott Medalist, Matthew Cordell! Join Rocco and Matthew as they chat about Matthew’s new picture book biography, HELLO, NEIGHBOR!: THE KIND AND CARING WORLD OF MISTER ROGERS and Matthew gives us a tour of his studio!
ABOUT the Book
Kindness, caring, and reliance on our neighbors are more important now than ever before. We all need more Mister Rogers in our lives.
In difficult times, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood provided a refuge for children and their families alike; a way to understand and talk about what was happening, and find hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Groundbreaking in a quiet, generous way, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood introduced a generation of children to the wonders of the world in the comfort of their own living rooms. Fred Rogers took young viewers to art museums, introduced them to different professions, and talked through difficult subjects like losing a loved one, or experiencing parents’ divorce, with compassion and reassurance.
Share that deep respect, care, and quiet joy in the day-to-day with the only authorized picture book biography of Fred Rogers—lovingly created by Caldecott Medalist Matt Cordell.
Lively, colorful illustrations explore Fred Rogers’ early life and the events that led him to create his enduring show. Exclusively published archival photographs, provided by Fred Rogers Productions, offer a behind-the-scenes look at this historic show and the people whose hard work made it possible. A brief biography of Mister Rogers and a history of the show is included, as well as a note from author-illustrator Matt Cordell about his inspiration and longtime admiration for Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
ABOUT Matthew Cordell
Matthew Cordell is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of Wolf and the Snow, and the illustrator of numerous highly acclaimed children’s books including The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery (both by Caldecott Medal-winning author, Philip C. Stead), First Grade Dropout and Second Grade Holdout (both by Audrey Vernick), The Knowing Book, Bob Not Bob, If the S in Moose Comes Loose, Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul, and the wildly popular Justin Case series. Matt is also the author and illustrator of many celebrated picture books including Another Brother, Wish, Dream, and Hello! Hello!
Matt was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. As a little kid, he loved to read Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry, and Dr. Seuss. He also loved to draw. Matt studied graphic design at Winthrop University, and after working in design jobs for a couple of years following college, he moved to Chicago to pursue his passion, a career in graphic design and the fine arts. Soon, Matt’s paintings and drawings were being shown in galleries throughout the Windy City.
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