Today we are fortunate enough to speak with writer, artist, and clinical social worker Cornelia Maude Spelman. We discuss her body of work ranging from children’s books to her own memoir and how they represent a life’s journey through the lost puzzle pieces of a family legacy.
CMS is a writer, artist, and former clinical social worker who writes about the importance of emotion in the lives of children and families. Her ten books (and two board books) for AWC, judged “gentle” and “reassuring,” include her “The Way I Feel” series, widely used by state agencies, schools, pediatricians, parenting groups, social service, child abuse and disaster agencies, and special needs parents and educators, and have been featured on PBS and network TV. They’ve won awards including “Best Children’s Books of the Year” from the Children’s Book Committee of Bank Street College, and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Her works have been translated into seven languages. Her first book for adults, a memoir, MISSING, about the emotional legacies in her family, will be published December 1st by Northwestern University Press.