Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!

When I was seven years old, the first book I bought with my hard-earned allowance was none other than Where the Wild Things Are. It still holds the same appeal now as when I first read it. Not only is it a picture book, but it was an opera, a movie and even became a postage stamp! If he were still alive today, Maurice Sendak would be turning 90 years old! This is my tribute to the beloved, award-winning and innovative author/illustrator of children's books.

Where the Wild Things Are is available in multiple formats.

Did you know that Maurice Sendak won the Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are? You can read all about his process in creating this work of art in A Caldecott Celebration.

My second favorite book as a child was the Little Bear, series which he illustrated.

The little white dog found in many of his books was based on his dog, Jennie. She is featured in Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Or, There Must Be More to Life.

Rosie, his childhood neighbor stars in The Sign on Rosie's Door.

Mickey of In the Night Kitchen is named for Mickey Mouse who shares the same birthday as Sendak! He was also a huge fan of Mickey Mouse.

Learn more about Maurice Sendak's life in these recommended reads.

Read and share your favorite Maurice Sendak book to celebrate his 90th birthday!

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