Maurice Sendak, self-taught artist and author of "Where the Wild Things Are" (1963), would eventually write or illustrate over 90 books, beloved by generations of children into adulthood. Sendak, who died today, spoke with Monitor reporter Gloria Goodale on the occasion of an exhibit of his artwork at Los Angeles' Skirball Cultural Center in 2002. He spoke about his personal history growing up in Brooklyn amidst the tumult of family upended after World War II; his escape into an inspired, illustrated world; and his expansion into musical and opera collaborations.
Fifty years after the publication of 'The Snowy Day' with its young African American protagonist, there's still a surprising lack of diversity in children's books.
'Hugo' got 11 Oscar nominations. But the Oscars are only the most recent acclaim for Hugo, the movie and, Hugo, the children's book by Brian Selznick
Award-winners Jack Gantos and Chris Raschka both wrote stories based on real-life incidents.
The groundhog may have seen his shadow yesterday, but for those of us enduring a blizzard a week spring still seems a distant prospect. So instead of fighting winter, why not embrace it? Here are six inspiring reads to remind all of us of the awesome beauty – and perilous power – of the season.
The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. These delightful 2011 winners remind readers why a picture truly is worth a thousand words.