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Announcing RENÉE GRAEF'S latest book!

Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Renée Graef, this fourth book in the Our City Adventures series explores the city of Indianapolis!

Published by Sleeping Bear Press


JULY 2020

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Kim Gatto’s latest book!

TURTLES GO TO CAMP by Lynne Bermen.

A camp-specific customized book that highlights the fantastic activities available to new young campers.

Learn more about TURTLES GO TO CAMP

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June 2020



Anni Matsick’s watercolor painting of ceramist Brian Giniewski was accepted in the prestigious 53rd Pennsylvania Art of the State – in  the beautiful State Museum gallery.

New dates for this year’s Art of the State are September 13  through January 3. The opening reception is set for Sunday, September 13 (pending health guidelines) at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

There will also be an online gallery of all entries.



Anni Matsick 


watercolor on paper


Elizabeth Sayles' latest book 

Available June 19th/Simon & Schuster

Learn what makes Americans great, from sea to shining sea, in this patriotic and diverse picture book for New York Times bestselling author Douglas Wood and illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles.

 Congratulations to Renee Graef!
"Lulu" is the WINNER!!!
"One to Watch" competition for new brands at the
Licensing Expo in LasVegas - May 23-25th, 2017
Click Here to read the article!

We are excited to share this wonderful video

From the GETTY MUSEUM OF ART featuring illustrator RENEE GRAEF. 

DORIS ETTLINGER recently finished these stunning watercolor illustrations for for The Legend of Sea Glass by Trinka Hakes Noble. (Sleeping Bear Press) To be released February 2016.

A children’s picture book illustrated by Anni Matsick has been awarded a GOLD MOM'S CHOICE AWARD. Dinosaurs Living in My Hair, written in rhyming verse by Jayne Rose-Vallee. The book was released in May by Rosevallee Creations.


The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 40 countries.


The book and related accessories can be purchased on the author’s website:


We are very EXCITED to annouce that Janet Kusmierski

Has Joined Cornell & Company!


Janet was the winner of the recent

NJ SCBWI 2015 June Conference Juried  art show


Illustration by Benton Mahan

The NY SCBWI conference was fabulous!  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn, network, and meet up with some of my favorite people.


(l-r) Rose Berlin, Merial Cornell, Doris Ettlinger,and Anni Matsick

Congratulations to Anni Matsick

for winning first place runner up

in the SCBWI 2015 Tomie dePaola Award.

Anni Matsick is one of fifteen Semi-Finalists for the SCBWI 2014 Tomie dePaola Award. They will be given an additional assignment to compete for free tuition for SCBWI's 2015 Winter Conference in New York.
See all fifteen at:




SO EXCITED to announce THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS was accepted into the Society of Illustrators

2014 Original Art Show.
For more info: #hoorayforhat #hmhkids


We are so excited to be setting up the new Cornell & Company office. 

Here's Lily! 

The Cornell & Company studio dog.


Another glowing review of S is for Sea Glass, by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Doris Ettlinger.
Check out the video!


Sleeping Bear Press
ISBN: 978-1585368624
Ages 3-8
On shelves now

Renee Graef

Congratulations to Renee Graef!

She was the recipient of two prestigious awards from the Society of Illustrators!

Society of Illustrators 52 WEST - Children's Market Catagory
- Silver Award for a detailed, panoramic view of the Cedarburg Cultural Center

- Honorable Mention for the fireflies page
Graef was in Los Angeles to receive her awards, during the opening of the show March 8, 2014.

The tickle of sand on the bottom of bare feet … the taste

of salt from a spray of water … the rumble-roar as waves come ashore. These are just a few of the many sensory experiences a day at the beach can bring. S is for Sea Glass: A Beach Alphabet uses a variety of poetry forms such as free verse, haiku, and ode in this celebration of

the beach and seaside life. Poet Richard Michelson and illustrator Doris Ettlinger remind beach lovers of all

ages of the many reasons we’re drawn to the shore.

Meet WPR's 2014 Artist Mug - only available during the spring pledge drive this week. Wisconsin illustrator Renee Graef - famous for more than 70 children's books - designed this year's mug. Get it today with your donation of $12.50/month or more at:


Ann Matsick was given an honorary mention in the Tomie dePaola b/w competition with SCBWI. Way to go Anni!

David Wenzel has finished art for "The King of Little Things" by Carmen Agra Deedy. Look for it in Fall's Wenzel at his best.

Thank you to Rusty Fletcher for our 2012 Xmas card.

Cheryl Mendenhall has won First Prize in the 2012 SCBWI Mid- South Conference Illustrator's Contest. Here is a peek at the winning image, above.

Elizabeth Sayles has just finished illustrating another beautiful book called "How Does Sleep Come?" by Jeanne C. Blackmore for Sourcebooks. It's a beauty and available now. Click here to buy on Amazon

Anni Matsick has a new book out entitled, Eat It! Food
Adventures with Marco Polo. Click here for more on the book

Congratulations to Doris Ettlinger 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) GOLD WINNER A Book for Black-Eyed Susan, by Judy Young, Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger; Sleeping Bear Press, 2011

MIGGS! Our rock star web designer Miggs Burroughs, has written a brilliant book on sale now at It's a very clever book entitled, The What if Book of Questions to Some of Your Most Revealing Answers on Love and Health Wealth & Happiness. Just in time for any occasion!

Thank you to

Rose Mary Berlin for providing wonderful artwork for the Cornell & McCarthy Christmas card!

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