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Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak

June 10, 2013

wildthingsMaurice Sendak (June 10, 1928-May 8, 2012), author of Where the Wild Things Are,  would be 85 years old today. Google has honored him a very special Doodle.  Check out today’s Google Doodle.

Starting with the first book he illustrated (The Wonderful Farm by Marcel Ayme) in 1951, Maurice Sendak illustrated or wrote and illustrated more than 90 books. The list of awards presented to him is too long to include in full. Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal in 1970 for his body of children’s books. He was the recipient of the American Book Award in 1982 for Outside Over There.

In 1983, Maurice Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contributions to children’s literature. In 1996, Sendak was honored by the President of the United States with the National Medal of Arts. In 2003, Maurice Sendak and Austrian author Christine Noestlinger shared the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature.

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