10 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak

On the anniversary of his birthday, we remember renowned illustrator Maurice Sendak with 10 things you might not know about him.

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Today is celebrated child author and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s birthday. To commemorate him on his special day, here are 10 things you might not know about Sendak!



  1. He had a rough childhood which strongly influenced his children’s books and illustrations.
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2. Outside Over There was his favorite out of all the books he wrote and illustrated because of his strong ties to his siblings.

3. His parents were Polish first-generation immigrants that moved just before the war.

4. He was Jewish.

5. He was with his partner of 50 years, Eugene Glynn, until Eugene’s death in 2007.



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6. According to an article from The Guardian, he hated eBooks and New York City.

7. He believed he was crazy which was why he was such a good illustrator.

8. He listened to classical music and Mozart was his hero.

9. He was a self-taught illustrator.


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10. He was the 1964 Caldecott award-winning children’s book author and illustrator for Where the Wild Things Are.

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