Maurice Sendak Author Study
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. He also received the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, the only American ever awarded this honor; the1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts. In 2003 Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.
Warm up to this timeless author with Chicken Soup With Rice and other favorites:
- Although the author is famous for his books Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months, learn about his more recent projects in this interview with Sendak on National Public Radio.
- As you prepare to take a closer look at Sendak’s books, read a more detailed author biography from PBS’s American Masters.
- Learn more about Sendak's illustrations with an article about the exhibit There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California.
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Free Teaching Resources
Activities to teach the calendar and months with Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak.