Maurice Sendak Dies

Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are (HarperCollins, 1963) and one of the most recognized names in children’s literature, died today in Danbury, CT, following complications from a recent stroke. He was 83.

Sendak lived in nearby Ridgefield, CT, and suffered the stroke on Friday.

The creator of more then 50 children’s books, Sendak won the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for Where the Wild Things Are, which delighted children and, at the time, concerned some parents because of its depiction of fanged wild creatures.

By Deborah Lau Whelan in Library School Journal