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Author Information: Maurice Sendak

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One of the preeminent children's book authors and illustrators of the twentieth century, Maurice Sendak has produced over a dozen books of his own as well as illustrating more than seventy stories by other authors. He is well known both for his distinctive illustrations and for his stories, which explore, in honest and unsentimental terms, how children deal with their fears and emotions through fantasy. Sendak's career has also encompassed such projects as film adaptation and set and costume design for a variety of theatrical productions.

Hans Christian Andersen International Medal, 1970; Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, 1983; Jewish Cultural Achievement Award, 1988; National Medal of Arts, 1996.

Mr Sendak died 8th May 2012.

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