Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Celebrating the life of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away last week.  His work inspired and intrigued, with stories and pictures that were at once magical, beautiful, and strange.  I fell in love with Sendak as a child, and rediscovered him as an adult when I was working as a nanny.  The stories in his books were not always happy or safe, and sometimes the worlds his characters inhabited weren't places one would like to vacation.  The kids and I would read In The Night Kitchen, their favorite, over and over again.  My favorite was Brundibar, not necessarily a very cheery tale, which was first an opera by Tony Kushner, with pictures and sets by Sendak.  Read more about that here.

Sendak’s manuscripts reside at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.

Watch Sendak on the Colbert show.

Stay wild everyone, and celebrate Maurice Sendak’s life by enjoying his work.

Posters by Maurice Sendak

The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present, Tony Kushner

Donde Viven Los Monstruosos


Outside Over There

Chicken Soup With Rice


Find many more Maurice Sendak titles at Denver Public Library.

Written by Jennifer D on May 14, 2012

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