Beloved and pioneering writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) has passed away at 83 from complications of a stroke.
Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are.
Sendak was an early member of the National Board of Advisors of the Children’s Television Workshop during the development stages of the Sesame Street television series. He also adapted his book Bumble Ardy into an animated sequence for the series, with Jim Henson as the voice of Bumble Ardy.
Sendak chose the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to be the repository for his work in the early 1970s.
Fresh Air on NPR remembers Maurice Sendak in an article and podcast published yesterday which can be found here.
Awards and honors
- Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, 1964
- Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s book illustration, 1970
- National Book Award in category Picture Books for Outside Over There, 1982
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, 1983
- National Medal of Arts, 1996
- Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, 2003 (shared with Christine Nöstlinger)
Sendak was honored in North Hollywood, California, where an elementary school was named after him.