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Such sad news...
Award-winning author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away this morning at his home in Connecticut. He was 83 years old.

Though he wrote and illustrated more than 2 dozen books of his own - and illustrated at least that many by other authors - Where the Wild Things Are (winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1964) is the one that's united generations of readers in the nearly 50 years since its publication. Margalit Fox writes today in The New York Times that, like no one before or since, Sendak understood "the propulsive abandon and pervasive melancholy of children's interior lives." His books gave children the courage to be bold, to dream big, and to face down their fears... and they loved him for it. It's a sad day for Wild Things everywhere.

You may know that Maurice Sendak was an ardent supporter of the printed page, so in lieu of pointing you to a selection of his books, we'd like to share some links that celebrate them. We would love to hear more about your favorite Sendak memories in the comments.

President Obama reads Where the Wild Things Are (

Stephen Colbert interviews Maurice Sendak (in two parts): and

A candid piece of Sendak speaking about his life and work, from the Tate Gallery:

Dave Eggers's fiction adaptation, The Wild Things

Spike Jonze's film adaption (2009)

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