102: Maurice Sendak

Cover of "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
Cover of “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

Today is the 86th anniversary of the birth of American author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Here are a few things you might not have known about him:

One, Sendak was inspired to become an illustrator after seeing the Disney movie “Fantasia” when he was 12 years old. His first illustrations were published in a text book when he was in his late teens.

Two, in 1963 “Where The Wild Things Are” was published. Sendak originally planned to have the boy Max escape to a land of wild horses, but he realized he couldn’t draw horses very well. More than 13 million copies of the book have sold.

Three, Sendak died in 2012 of complications from a stroke. He was 83.

Our question: Maurice Sendak won a Caldecott Medal for “Where the Wild Things Are.” What is the difference between a Caldecott Medal and a Newbery Medal?

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