Meet the Author: Mathew Cordell

June 24, 2024

An Evening of Imagination and Inspiration

Join Richland Library for an enchanting evening with celebrated children’s book author and illustrator, Matthew Cordell, as he shares insights into his creative journey, the art of storytelling, and his acclaimed works at Richland Library Main (1431 Assembly Street Columbia, 29201) from 6 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. This special Meet the Author event will include a discussion, book sale, and signing, offering fans and aspiring writers a unique opportunity to connect with one of today’s most beloved children’s authors.

Cordell, renowned for his Caldecott Medal-winning book “Wolf in the Snow,” has captured the hearts of readers with his beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully written stories. His impressive portfolio includes popular titles such as “Evergreen,” “Cornbread and Poppy,” “Wish,” “Bear Island,” and “Hello Neighbor: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers.” His collaborative works, including “Every Dog in the Neighborhood” (written by Philip C. Stead), “Bob, Not Bob!” (written by Audrey Vernick and Liz Garton Scanlon), and “Leeva at Last” (written by Sara Pennypacker), have also received widespread acclaim.

Growing up in Greenville, South Carolina, Matthew Cordell was inspired by the works of Maurice Sendak, Richard Scarry, and Dr. Seuss. His passion for drawing led him to study art and graphic design at Winthrop University. After moving to Chicago, his career flourished as his paintings and drawings were showcased in galleries across the city and beyond. It was in Chicago that Cordell met his wife, Julie Halpern, an elementary school librarian and writer. Together, they crafted their first picture book, “Toby and the Snowflakes,” marking the beginning of Matthew’s illustrious career in children’s literature.

Matthew Cordell’s books have been featured as best-of-the-year selections by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, NPR, and, and have been translated into numerous languages, making his stories accessible to children worldwide.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the C. G. Fuller Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Matthew Cordell, delve into the magic of his storytelling, and get your favorite books signed. This is an event that promises to inspire both the young and the young at heart.

For questions, please contact Tacara Young at 803-351-5616 or [email protected].


About Richland Library

Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 13 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.