Maurice Sendak’s birthday

10 June, 2016

Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak

Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak

Today (10 June) is the birthday of celebrated children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

Born and raised in New York, Sendak developed his love of books whilst a child. He initially aspired to becoming an illustrator, after watching Disney’s Fantasia aged 12.

By the mid-50s Sendak had decided to work as both an illustrator and an author, and it was the 1963 publication of Where the Wild Things are that gained him international acclaim. The book has been a much-loved bedtime read for families around the world since it was first published, and features on the Kumon Recommended Reading List.

To celebrate Maurice Sendak’s birthday, we are going to look at some popular bedtime reads:

Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak
After causing a ruckus at home, mischief-maker Max is sent to bed without supper. His bedroom magically transforms into a jungle, in which he goes on a wondrous adventure and meets the Wild Things.

Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth
It’s bedtime in the Bear household but Little Bear can’t get to sleep. He’s frightened of the dark, and even Big Bear’s brightest lantern isn’t able to light up his bedroom. The book follows Big Bear as he tries to find a way to show Little Bear that there is no need to be afraid.

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
It’s night time, Mr Bear is tired and all he really wants is to have a good night’s sleep. The problem is that every room in his house is so noisy. With Mrs Bear snoring, the clock chiming and taps dripping, where will he go to get some rest?

I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child
This story follows another adventure of the hilarious sibling duo: Charlie and Lola. Lola loves to stay up late at night, colouring and chatting, much to Charlie’s dismay. Poor Charlie has to send the night trying anything he can think of to get Lola to go to sleep, including shooting whales down the plughole!

One Snowy Night: A Tale from Percy’s Park by Nick Butterworth
Loveable Park Keeper Percy always looks after the animals in the park where he lives, making sure to feed them every day. However one cold wintry night, Percy finds that his animal friends need more than food, they also need a warm place to sleep. Percy’s hut is warm and cosy, albeit on the small side, and Percy soon realises that if you invite one animal to come in you have to invite them all!

These books are just a small selection of great bedtime reads to share with children. The Kumon Recommended Reading List contains 380 fantastic books, all guaranteed to be a wonderful read before bed. To celebrate Maurice Sendak’s birthday, you could go on a journey this evening with Max and meet the Wild Things.

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”