Maurice Sendak

As one of the most celebrated children's authors of the latter half of the 20th century, Maurice Sendak had the distinction of writing and illustrating iWhere the Wild Things Are/i (1963), a then-controversial story of ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1928 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (5)

Wrestling with Angels 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Last Dance 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The World of Jim Henson (TV Show)

Writer (4)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(Book: "Where the Wild Things Are") (Source Material)

Little Bear Movie 2001 (Movie)

(from novel series: "The Little Bear") (Source Material)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Conceived by (Screenplay)

In the Night Kitchen (Movie)

(Book Author)
Producer (4)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)


Seven Little Monsters 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Maurice Sendak's Little Bear 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

George and Martha 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Art Department (3)

The Juilliard Opera: Hansel und Gretel 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Set Designer

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Sets (Set Designer)
Director (1)

Really Rosie: Starring the Nutshell Kids 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)



As one of the most celebrated children's authors of the latter half of the 20th century, Maurice Sendak had the distinction of writing and illustrating <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> (1963), a then-controversial story of a young boy channeling his anger into his vivid imagination that later become one of the most popular bedtime stories of all time. <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> captured the imagination of millions of children across generations and cemented Sendak's place as a popular author. Prior to that success, Sendak had a steady career as an illustrator on a number of other authors' books and began writing his own in the late 1950s. He wrote and illustrated other popular books like <i>The Nutshell Library</i> (1962) series - which was adapted into "Really Rosie: Starring the Nutshell Kids" (CBS, 1975) - the award-winning <i>In the Night Kitchen</i> (1970), <i>Seven Little Monsters</i> (1977) and <i>Outside, Over There</i> (1981). In the 1980s, he began designing sets for operas and musicals like Mozart's "The Magic Flute" and Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." But it was his work as an illustrator and author that continued to interest new generations of fans, while the enduring legacy of <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> stretched all the way to 2009, when it was adapted into a major motion picture directed by Spike Jonze. Though he wrote and illustrated only one book in the last 30 years of his career, Sendak lived on as a pioneering author loved by both children and adults alike.



Wrote and illustrated first book in thirty years <i>Bumble-Ardy</i>


Co-produced feature film adaptation of <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, directed by Spike Jonze; featured voices of James Gandolfini and Chris Coooper


Longtime partner Dr. Eugene Glyn died of cancer


Collaborated with playwright and friend Tony Kushner on English version of <i>Brundibar</i>, based on a Czech children's opera


Awarded with the American National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton


Wrote and illustrated <i>Outside Over There</i>, about a girl who rescues her baby sister from goblins


Featured in Selma Lanes' biography <i>The Art of Maurice Sendak</i>


Wrote and designed opera adaptation of <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>


Wrote and directed "Really Rosie" (CBS), featuring the voice of Carole King


Moved to Connecticut


Received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration from the Queen of Sweden; dedicated <i>In the Night Kitchen</i> to his parents


Wrote and illustrated <i>Higglety, Pigglety, Pop! or, There Must be More to Life</i> in honor of beloved dog Jennie


Won prestigious Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association for <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>


Earned international acclaim with <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, about a boy who imagines a world inhabited by monsters


Published four-book collection <i>The Nutshell Library</i>, which included <i>Chicken Soup with Rice</i>


Wrote and illustrated his first book <i>Kenny's Window</i>


Illustrated first children's book, Marcel Aymé's <i>The Wonderful Farm</i>


Worked as window display artist at F.A.O. Schwarz in NYC; met Ursula Nordstrom, children's book editor at Harper & Row


Completed first book illustrations for <i>Atomics for the Millions</i>