Join us for a special Crowdcast event featuring Matthew Cordell, author and illustrator of Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, and David Newell, who portrayed beloved deliveryman Mr. McFeely on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," as well as working behind the scenes on the show. They'll discuss Matthew's new picture book biography as well the continuing legacy of Mister Rogers and his much-needed message of kindness and hope. This event is free and open to the public. Register here!
About David Newell: Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Newell began his acting career at the Pittsburgh Playhouse theatre school, which connected him to Fred Rogers. Though he was originally hired onto Rogers’ show as a public relations manager, he was also cast as Mr. McFeely and quickly coined his “speedy delivery!” catchphrase. The pair were lifelong friends until Rogers’ death in 2003. In addition to acting on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” David toured the country promoting the show as Mr. McFeely until 2015. He was the subject of a 2008 documentary feature, “Speedy Delivery,” which chronicles his travels around the world as the character. An animated version of Mr. McFeely regularly appears on “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” a series produced by The Fred Rogers Company..
About Matthew Cordell: Matthew is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of Wolf in the Snow, and the illustrator of numerous highly acclaimed children's books including The Only Fish in the Sea (by Philip C. Stead) and Special Delivery, which was a Washington Post Best Book of 2015. He wrote and illustrated Another Brother, Wish and Hello! Hello!, a New York Times Notable Children's Book. Matthew lives near Chicago with his wife, author Julie Halpern, and their two children.
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.
"Enhanced by endnotes of fascinating facts from the neighborhood and his life, the book and its illustrations have the intriguing feel of turning pages in a family scrapbook. This lovely reminder of the quiet, compassionate television host is the perfect book to encourage children to talk about kindness, about sadness, and about acceptance."-- The Christian Science Monitor
"This authorized biography of Fred Rogers opens as did his iconic television program, with a stoplight flashing yellow, signaling that it is time to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. It's a fitting message for readers who met Mister Rogers as young visitors to his Neighborhood. . . . Cordell's loose pen, ink, and watercolor drawings reflect the leisurely pace of Rogers's speaking and writing styles, while the text is with gentle reminders of his philosophy.. A fine tribute to a fine man." --The Horn 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.