A Tribute to Maurice Sendak

My favorite children’s author, Maurice Sendak, died at the age of 83 this month. He was a very interesting man and wrote a great many wonderful picture books. He grew up in Brooklyn to Polish immigrant parents. He never had children and never married (although he lived with his partner until he died in 2007). His stories were often controversial with its depictions of naked children and dark subject matter but these same works have received numerous awards including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for his most famous work,Where the Wild Things are . As well as being an award winning children’s author, Sendak also illustrated not only his own works but many others as well, including the Little Bear book series. In 1970 he was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Award for Children’s book illustration.

Every one of Sendak’s books are quite a joy to have in your classroom or family library, here are my favorites of his: 


A great book to have about not only Sendak’s art and illustrations but 22 other major children’s illustrators is - Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art . Sendak has many more collaborative works as well as books he solely illustrated. 

If you love his art and stories the way I do, you’ll want to have all of his works in your classroom or home library. He left a legacy of great work that, at least in my classroom and home, will always be recognized and revered! 

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Summer Langille, M.A, Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 Years

Summer has been working with children for almost 15 years. The oldest of four she’s always seen herself as a caregiver. She started off caring for children as a nanny for many years. She received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education specializing in birth to age eight from Long Beach State. She’s worked with infants all the way up to elementary aged children in center-based care, private school care, home-based care, back-up care and afterschool care. She was a lead teacher for an infant program and more recently a two year old/preschool program. She even had a brief stint as a brownie girl scout troop leader. She’s passionate about quality care for children and thinks the environment plays a large role in how a child learns effectively. She loves art, blocks, music, fairy gardens and picture books and wants all caregivers of children to know how important their job is to the children they care for. Summer is currently home with her baby, navigating this new role as Mama. She blogs about her family at www.summerplayshouse.com.