Famed Childrens Book Illustrator Maurice Sendak passes away

Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator best known for his classic children’s books including Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83.

Lynn Caponera, longtime friend and caretaker, said she was with Sendak when he died at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday.

She said he suffered a stroke on Friday and never regained consciousness.

When I ask my friends and peers who also Illustrate for children to name some of their strongest influences, inevitably they list “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Easily one of the most influential and popular Childrens Book Illustrators/Authors of the Genre.
His work pushed the boundaries of what was deemed appropriate in tone and story for children. A standard many would say that we have backed away from in our current culture.
Though we have lost the man we can feel lucky that there are a multitude of interviews, documentaries and articles that chronicle his wisdom and unique perspectives on children and story creation.
In tribute to him I implore you to visit your library, bookstore or bookshelves and visit the worlds he created and the universes he opened up for many a child and future illustrators and writers.
He will be missed.

Visit his wiki page to learn more about him and his works.



  1. Kathleen Peters

    I have always been a huge fan of Maurice Sendak, both his stories and illustrations. I purchased many of his books as an adult, thinking I would give them as gifts to children, but I still have them all. Yes, sir, you will be missed.

  2. Laurie Story

    Thanks so much for posting this tribute. Maurice Sendak was one of the greats who certainly inspired generations. His work & inspiration live on!

    • WilsonWJr

      No problem Laurie! He was amazing and a bit of a curmudgeon! But he had respect for the reality of what kids can understand, think and feel. He will be missed!


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