It's impossible to celebrate Picture Book Month without acknowledging the contributions of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. He had a major, and lasting, influence on the field of children's literature. The list of awards presented to him is too long to include in full. Sendak received the 1964 Randolph Caldecott Medal for his picture book Where the Wild Things Are and the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal in 1970 for his body of children's book illustration. He was honored with the American Book Award in 1982 for Outside Over There. In 1983, Maurice Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contributions to children's literature. Do you and/or your children have a favorite Sendak picture book? Let me know by clicking on "Comments" below and sharing your favorites.
(Cover art courtesy of HarperCollins)