Celebrating Maurice Sendak, K-6

Award winning author and illustrator Maurice Sendak turned 80 this past summer. Best known for his children’s books, Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, the 1964 Caldecott Medal Winner for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, has spent the past fifty years bringing to life a world of fantasy and imagination. In addition to receiving the Caldecott Medal, Sendak also was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal in 1970 for his body of children's book illustration, the American Book Award in 1982 for Outside Over There, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contributions to children's literature and in 1996, he was honored by the President with the National Medal of Arts. In 2003, Maurice Sendak and Austrian author Christine Noestlinger shared the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Literature. His unique vision is loved around the globe by both young and old. Beyond his award-winning work as a writer and illustrator of children’s books, Sendak has produced both operas and ballets for television and the stage. Since the first book he illustrated in 1951, Maurice Sendak has illustrated or written and illustrated more than 90 books.

Please see the list of resources below to learn more about Maurice Sendak and his work.

Online resources

NPR Interview: June, 2005


Teacher Resources from the PBS American Masters: Maurice Sendak


This American Master's series lesson for teachers contains activities for both elementary and middle school students.

Grow Your On Writing Interview January, 2007


YouTube Video: In The Night Kitchen


YouTube Video: Where the Wild Things Are


A shadow play based on Maurice Sendak's book Where the Wild Things Are as seen through the eyes of 2nd and 3rd graders.

Kindergarten Teaching Unit for Where the Wild Things Are

Heartland Professional Library Resources

Artist to artist : 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their A rt (741.642 Art)

Open Books: Literature in the Curriculum, Kindergarten Through Grade Two (372.64 Hur)

Heartland Children and Young Adult Library Resources

Check the online catalog for a list of books by and about Sendak.

Online Databases

TeachingBooks.net offers the follow resources featuring Maurice Sendak

  • 7 Author programs
  • 15 Book guides
  • 10 Book readings

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans