Celebration of Maurice Sendak
An Exhibit of Award-winning Children's Books
A Gallery of Sendak's Illustrations
Sendak's illustrations appeared not only in children's books, but as posters, magazine covers, theatre sets, and even award seals. A few samples of his colorful, imaginative work can be seen below.
The Celebration of Maurice Sendak Exhibit, in print, is on display in the Reading Room of the Education Psychology Library in Tolman Hall through December 2012. Sadly, Sendak, a beloved and prolific author and illustrator, passed away in May 2012. This Exhibit, by displaying several of his best award-winning books and illustrations, pays tribute to this popular artist and major contributor to Children's Literature.
View more of the online exhbit that was created to accompany the Celebration of Maurice Sendak Exhibit by clicking on the Bibliography of Sendak's work, the Webliography of links to live interviews with Sendak, and About Sendak to learn more about the man and artist. More information on children's book awards can be found on the Awards webpage.
From Brundibar (2003) - a picture book and Opera, for which Sendak did illustrations and costume studies. Brundibar tells the story of Czech children who thwart the town bully in order to sing and earn money for milk for their sick mother.
We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, September 27, 1993. Its illustrations captured the life of urban homeless.
New York City, Sendak's home, maintained its love for Max, the lead character in Where the Wild Things Are, years after its publication in 1963. Max appeared in a poster for the New York Public Library in 1979.
In the Night Kitchen was one of Sendak's most controversial picture books, in that it depicts its hero, young Mickey, in the nude. Mickey dreams of helping to bake the morning cake, but a mishap occurs in his dream, and covered in batter, he appears to magically fly in a batter-dipped airplane over the bakery.
For more information about Sendak's many books, illustrations, and work, see the Sendak Bibliography.
For links to other websites, libraries, museums honoring Sendak's work, see the Sendak Webliography.
To read more about Sendak, click Maurice Sendak.
The Celebration of Maurice Sendak Exhibit, curated by Jill Woolums, will be on display at the Education Psychology Library from August through December 2012.