Beloved illustrator and writer, Maurice Sendak, was born June 10, 1928 and is best known for the classic and often challenged children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. If you are like us, then you may not know much about Maurice Sendak, so his birthday is the perfect opportunity to learn some surprising Sendak facts, find where to celebrate his everlasting legacy, and discover more Sendak books to enjoy with kids and kids at heart!

Must-Read Maurice Sendak Books

In addition the Where the While Things Are, fans should explore other books by Sendak including Chicken Soup with Rice that introduces children to months and seasons, In the Night Kitchen, another often challenged book about Mickey’s adventures in the baker’s kitchen, and Alligators All Around that uses Sendak’s signature artwork and humor to help children learn the alphabet.

Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak Book Cover
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak Book Cover
Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak Book Cover

Enjoy the NSFW Grim Colberty Tales:

Grim Colberty Tales Part 1

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Grim Colberty Tales Part 2

Visit the Sendak Memorial Exhibition

For the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, the Sendak Memorial Exhibition presented 50 works by the late, great Maurice Sendak with dedications and quotes from 50 extraordinary people, including Spike Jonze, President Bill Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, and Tom Hanks, whose lives were touched by the beloved author and illustrator. Although the official celebration occurred in 2013, the exhibit has continued to various libraries and museums across the United States.

Watch Colbert’s Sendak Tribute:

Your Turn

So…what’s your favorite Maurice Sendak book? Did you enjoy Stephen Colbert’s tribute? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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  1. I absolutely loved “Where the Wild Things Are” growing up {just the book, never saw the movie!}. It was so great to get to escape with Max into his imaginary world. But before this, I didn’t know much about him. Thanks for sharing all this info – he was a fascinating guy!

    1. Katisha @ Reel Literature

      I haven’t seen the movie either, but I’m looking forward to reviewing them for the blog. I didn’t really know much about Maurice Sendak either until I watched his interview on The Colbert Report, which was so funny! He has quite the subversive wit and humor.

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