50 YEARS

Maurice Sendak

Born: June 10, 1928, Brooklyn
Died: May 8, 2012, Danbury

The winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, and the only American illustrator to win the international Hans Christian Andersen Award (in 1970, for his body of work), Maurice Sendak is a visionary figure in children’s literature. Mr Sendak began by illustrating the works of others— including Else Holmelund Minarik, Randall Jarrell, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the Brothers Grimm. By 1956, with Kenny’s Window, he was creating his own texts as well as illustrations. Also a distinguished set and costume designer for opera and ballet, he has designed productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges and L’heure espagnole, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and Oliver Knussen’s operas based on his Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! In 1983 Mr. Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work; in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America; and in 2003 he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual, international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.


 

Author

  • Kenny’s Window (1956)
  • Very Far Away (1957)
  • The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960)
  • The Nutshell Library(1962)
  • Alligators All Around (An Alphabet)
  • Chicken Soup with Rice (A Book of Months)
  • One Was Johnny (A Counting Book)
  • Pierre (A Cautionary Tale)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
  • Let’s Be Enemies (written by Janice May Udry) (1965)
  • Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (1967)
  • In the Night Kitchen (1970)
  • Ten Little Rabbits: A Counting Book with Mino the Magician (1970)
  • Some Swell Pup or Are You Sure You Want a Dog? (written by Maurice Sendak & Matthew Margolis, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak) (1976)
  • Seven Little Monsters (1977)
  • Fantasy Sketches (1981)
  • Outside Over There (1981)
  • Caldecott and Co: Notes on Books and Pictures (an anthology of essays on children’s literature) (1988)
  • We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993)
  • Maurice Sendak’s Christmas Mystery (1995) (a box containing a book and a jigsaw puzzle)
  • Mommy? (Sendak’s only pop-up book) (2006)
  • Bumble-Ardy (2011) ISBN 0-06-205198-9,

 

Illustrator

  • Atomics for the Millions (by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff) (1947)
  • The Wonderful Farm (by Marcel Aymé) (1951)
  • Good Shabbos Everybody (by Robert Garvey) (1951)
  • A Hole is to Dig (by Ruth Krauss) (1952)
  • A Very Special House (by Ruth Krauss) (1953)
  • Hurry Home Candy (by Meindert DeJong) (1953)
  • The Giant Story (by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers) (1953)
  • I’ll Be You and You Be Me (by Ruth Krauss) (1954)
  • The Tin Fiddle (by Edward Tripp) (1954)
  • The Wheel on the School (by Meindert DeJong) (1954)
  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm (by Betty MacDonald) (1954)
  • Charlotte and the White Horse (by Ruth Krauss) (1955)
  • Happy Hanukah Everybody (by Hyman Chanover and Alice Chanover) (1955)
  • Little Cow & the Turtle (by Meindert DeJong) (1955)
  • Singing Family of the Cumberlands (by Jean Ritchie) (Oxford University Press, 1955)
  • What Can You Do with a Shoe? (by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers) (1955, re-colored 1997)
  • Seven Little Stories on Big Subjects (by Gladys Baker Bond) (1955)
  • I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue (by Ruth Krauss) (1956)
  • The Birthday Party (by Ruth Krauss) (1957)
  • Little Bear (by Else Holmelund Minarik, there was also a TV series based on this series of books)
  • Little Bear (1957)
  • Father Bear Comes Home (1959)
  • Little Bear’s Friend (1960)
  • Little Bear’s Visit (1961)
  • A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)
  • Along Came a Dog (by Meindert DeJong) (1958)
  • No Fighting, No Biting! (by Else Holmelund Minarik) (1958)
  • What Do You Say, Dear? (by Sesyle Joslin) (1958)
  • Seven Tales by H. C. Andersen (translated by Eva Le Gallienne) (1959)
  • The Moon Jumpers (by Janice May Udry)(1959)
  • Open House for Butterflies (by Ruth Krauss) (1960)
  • Best in Children’s Books: Volume 31 (various authors and illustrators: featuring, Windy Wash Day and Other Poems by Dorothy Aldis, illustrations by Sendak) (1960)
  • Dwarf Long-Nose (by Wilhelm Hauff, translated by Doris Orgel) (1960)
  • Best in Children’s Books: Volume 41 (various authors and illustrators: featuring, What the Good-Man Does Is Always Right by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrations by Sendak (1961)
  • Let’s Be Enemies (by Janice Udry) (1961)
  • What Do You Do, Dear? (by Sesyle Joslin) (1961)
  • The Big Green Book (by Robert Graves) (1962)
  • Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (by Charlotte Zolotow) (1962)
  • The Singing Hill (by Meindert DeJong) (1962) (Harper Row)
  • The Griffin and the Minor Canon (by Frank R. Stockton) (1963)
  • How Little Lori Visited Times Square (by Amos Vogel) (1963)
  • She Loves Me…She Loves Me Not… (by Robert Keeshan AKA Captain Kangaroo) (1963)
  • McCall’s: August 1964; VOL XCI, No 11 (featuring The Young Crane by Andrejs Upits, illustrations by Sendak)
  • The Bee-Man of Orn (by Frank R. Stockton) (1964)
  • The Animal Family (by Randall Jarrell) (1965)
  • Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes (traditional nursery rhymes) (1965)
  • Lullabyes and Night Songs (by Alec Wilder, edited by William Engvick) (1965)
  • Zlateh The Goat (by Isaac Bashevis Singer) (1966)
  • The Bat-Poet (by Randall Jarrell) (1964)
  • The House of Sixty Fathers (by Meindert De Jong) (1956)
  • The Saturday Evening Post: May 4, 1968; 241st year, Issue no. 9 (features Yash The Chimney Sweep by Isaac Bashevis Singer)
  • The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm: Volumes 1 & 2(translated by Lore Segal with four tales translated by Randall Jarrell) (1973 both volumes)
  • King Grisly-Beard (by Brothers Grimm) (1973)
  • Pleasant Fieldmouse (by Jan Wahl) (1975)
  • Fly by Night (by Randall Jarrell) (1976)
  • The Light Princess (by George MacDonald) (1977)
  • Shadrach (by Meindert Dejong) (1977)
  • The Big Green Book (by Robert Graves) (1978)
  • Nutcracker (by E.T.A. Hoffmann) (1984)
  • The Love for Three Oranges (The Glyndebourne Version, by Frank Corsaro based on L’Amour des Trois Oranges (by Serge Prokofiev) (1984)
  • Circus Girl (by Jack Sendak) (1985)
  • In Grandpa’s House (by Philip Sendak) (1985)
  • The Cunning Little Vixen (by Rudolf Tesnohlidek) (1985)
  • Dear Mili (written by Wilhelm Grimm) (1988)
  • Sing a Song of Popcorn (by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers with various illustrators including Sendak) (1988)
  • The Big Book for Peace (various authors and illustrators, cover also by Sendak) (1990)
  • I Saw Esau (edited by Iona Opie and Peter Opie) (1992)
  • The Golden Key (by George MacDonald) (1992)
  • We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes with Pictures (traditional nursery rhymes) (Harper Collins) (1993)
  • Pierre: or, The Ambiguities: The Kraken Edition (by Herman Melville) (1995)
  • The Miami Giant (by Arthur Yorinks) (1995)
  • Frank and Joey Go to Work (by Arthur Yorinks), also has additional illustrations by Ky Chung (1996)
  • Penthesilea (by Heinrich von Kleist, translated and introduced by Joel Agee) (1998)
  • Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom (by Ursula Nordstrom, edited by Leonard S. Marcus)
  • Swine Lake (by James Marshall) (1999)
  • Brundibár (by Tony Kushner) (2003)
  • Sarah’s Room (by Doris Orgel) (2003)
  • The Happy Rain (by Jack Sendak) (2004)
  • Bears! (by Ruth Krauss) (2005)

 

Collections

  • The Art of Maurice Sendak (by Selma G. Lanes) (1980)
  • The Art of Maurice Sendak: From 1980 to the Present (by Tony Kushner) (2003)
  • Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation (by Gregory Maguire) (2009)