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|Born||Maurice Bernard Sendak
June 10, 1928
Brooklyn, New York, US
|Died||May 8, 2012
Danbury, Connecticut, US
|Occupation||Artist, illustrator, writer|
|Alma mater||Art Students League of New York|
|Genres||Children's literature, picture books|
|Notable work(s)||Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
In the Night Kitchen (1970)
|Notable award(s)||Caldecott Medal
Hans Christian Andersen Award
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
Astrid Lindgren Award
|Partner(s)||Dr. Eugene Glynn
(1957–2007; his death)
|Relative(s)||Philip Sendak (father)
Sadie Schindler (mother)
Jack Sendak(older brother)
Natalie Sendak (sister)
Life and career 
Early life 
Sendak was born in Brooklyn, to Polish Jewish immigrant parents Sadie (née Schindler) and Philip Sendak, a dressmaker. Sendak described his childhood as a "terrible situation" because of his extended family's dying in The Holocaust, which exposed him at an early age to death and the concept of mortality. His love of books began at an early age when he developed health problems and was confined to his bed. He decided to become an illustrator after watching Walt Disney's film Fantasia at the age of twelve. One of his first professional commissions was to create window displays for the toy store F.A.O. Schwarz. His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. He spent much of the 1950s illustrating children's books written by others before beginning to write his own stories.
Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are. The book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first published, as his characters were somewhat grotesque in appearance. Before Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak was best known for illustrating Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear series of books.
Sendak later recounted the reaction of a fan:
- A little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children's letters - sometimes very hastily - but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, 'Dear Jim: I loved your card.' Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said: 'Jim loved your card so much he ate it.' That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
When Sendak saw a manuscript of Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories, the first children's book by Isaac Bashevis Singer, on the desk of an editor at Harper & Row, he offered to illustrate the book. It was first published in 1966 and received a Newbery Honor. Sendak was delighted and enthusiastic about the collaboration. He once wryly remarked that his parents were "finally" impressed by their youngest child when he collaborated with Singer.
His book In the Night Kitchen, originally issued in 1970, has often been subjected to censorship for its drawings of a young boy prancing naked through the story. The book has been challenged in several American states including Illinois, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Texas. In the Night Kitchen regularly appears on the American Library Association's list of "frequently challenged and banned books". It was listed number 21 on the "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999".
His 1981 book Outside Over There is the story of a girl, Ida, and her sibling jealousy and responsibility. Her father is away and so Ida is left to watch her baby sister, much to her dismay. Her sister is kidnapped by goblins and Ida must go off on a magical adventure to rescue her. At first, she is not really eager to get her sister and nearly passes her sister right by when she becomes absorbed in the magic of the quest. In the end, she rescues her baby sister, destroys the goblins, and returns home committed to caring for her sister until her father returns home.
Sendak was an early member of the National Board of Advisors of the Children's Television Workshop during the development stages of the Sesame Street television series. He also adapted his book Bumble Ardy into an animated sequence for the series, with Jim Henson as the voice of Bumble Ardy. He wrote and designed three other animated stories for the series: "Seven Monsters" (which never aired), "Up & Down", and "Broom Adventures".
Sendak produced an animated television production based on his work titled Really Rosie, featuring the voice of Carole King, which was broadcast in 1975 and is available on video (usually as part of video compilations of his work). An album of the songs was also produced. He contributed the opening segment to Simple Gifts, a Christmas collection of six animated shorts shown on PBS TV in 1977 and later issued on VHS in 1993. He adapted his book Where the Wild Things Are for the stage in 1979. Additionally, he designed sets for many operas and ballets, including the award-winning (1983) Pacific Northwest Ballet production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, Houston Grand Opera's productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute (1981) and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel (1997), Los Angeles County Music Center's 1990 production of Mozart's Idomeneo, and the New York City Opera's 1981 production of Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen.
In the 1990s, Sendak approached playwright Tony Kushner to write a new English version of the Czech composer Hans Krása's children's Holocaust opera Brundibár. Kushner wrote the text for Sendak's illustrated book of the same name, published in 2003. The book was named one of the New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2003.
In 2003, Chicago Opera Theatre produced Sendak and Kushner's adaptation of Brundibár. In 2005, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, in collaboration with Yale Repertory Theatre and Broadway's New Victory Theater, produced a substantially reworked version of the Sendak-Kushner adaptation.
Sendak also created the children's television program Seven Little Monsters.
Maurice Sendak drew inspiration and influences from a vast number of painters, musicians and authors. Going back to his childhood, one of his earliest memorable influences was actually his father, Philip Sendak. According to Maurice, his father would relate tales from the Bible; however, he would embellish them with racy details. Not realizing that this was inappropriate for children, little Maurice would frequently be sent home after retelling his father's "softcore Bible tales" at school.
Growing up, Sendak developed from other influences, starting with Walt Disney's Fantasia and Mickey Mouse. Sendak and Mickey Mouse were born in the same year and Sendak described Mickey as a source of joy and pleasure while growing up. He has been quoted as saying, "My gods are Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mozart. I believe in them with all my heart." Elaborating further, he has explained that reading Emily Dickinson's works helps him to remain calm in an otherwise hectic world: "And I have a little tiny Emily Dickinson so big that I carry in my pocket everywhere. And you just read three poems of Emily. She is so brave. She is so strong. She is such a passionate little woman. I feel better." Likewise, of Mozart, he has said, "When Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can't explain. [...] I don't need to. I know that if there's a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart."
Personal life 
Sendak mentioned in a September 2008 article in The New York Times that he was gay and had lived with his partner, psychoanalyst Dr. Eugene Glynn, for 50 years before Glynn's death in May 2007. Revealing that he never told his parents, he said, "All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew." Sendak's relationship with Glynn had been mentioned by other writers before (e.g., Tony Kushner in 2003). In Glynn's 2007 New York Times obituary, Sendak was listed as Glynn's "partner of fifty years". After his partner's death, Sendak donated $1 million to the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in memory of Glynn who had treated young people there. The gift will name a clinic for Glynn.
Sendak was an atheist, and stated in a September 2011 interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio's Fresh Air that he didn't believe in God. He went on to elaborate, and said among other things, "It [religion, and belief in God] must have made life much easier [for some religious friends of his]. It's harder for us non-believers."
The New York Times obituary called Sendak "the most important children's book artist of the 20th century." Author Neil Gaiman remarked, "He was unique, grumpy, brilliant, gay, wise, magical and made the world better by creating art in it." Author R. L. Stine called Sendak's death "a sad day in children's books and for the world." "We are all honored to have been briefly invited into his world," remarked comedian Stephen Colbert.
The 2012 season of Pacific Northwest Ballet's "The Nutcracker," for which Sendak designed the set, was dedicated to his memory.
Sendak Collection 
Sendak chose the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to be the repository for his work in the early 1970s, thanks to shared literary and collecting interests. His collection of nearly 10,000 works of art, manuscripts, books and ephemera, has been the subject of many exhibitions at the Rosenbach, seen by visitors of all ages. Sendak once praised Herman Melville's writings, saying, "There's a mystery there, a clue, a nut, a bolt, and if I put it together, I find me." From May 6, 2008, through May 3, 2009, the Rosenbach presented There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak. This major retrospective of over 130 pieces pulled from the museum's vast Sendak collection is the largest and most ambitious exhibition of Sendak's work ever created and is now a traveling exhibition. It features original artwork, rare sketches, never-before-seen working materials, and exclusive interview footage. The exhibition draws on a total of over 300 objects, providing a unique experience with each set of illustrations.
Exhibition highlights include the following:
- Original color artwork from books such as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, The Nutshell Library, Outside Over There, and Brundibar;
- "Dummy" books filled with lively preliminary sketches for titles like The Sign on Rosie's Door, Pierre, and Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!;
- Never-before-seen working materials, such as newspaper clippings that inspired Sendak, family portraits, photographs of child models and other ephemera;
- Rare sketches for unpublished editions of stories such as Tolkien's The Hobbit and Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, and other illustrating projects;
- Unique materials from the Rosenbach collection that relate to Sendak's work, including an 1853 edition of the tales of the Brothers Grimm, sketches by William Blake, and Herman Melville's bookcase;
- Stories told by the illustrator himself on topics like Alice in Wonderland, his struggle to illustrate his favorite novels, hilarious stories of Brooklyn, and the way his work helps him exorcise childhood traumas.
Awards and honors 
Internationally, Sendak received the third biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration in 1970, recognizing his "lasting contribution to children's literature". He received one of two inaugural Astrid Lindgren Memorial Awards in 2003, recognizing his career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense". The citation called him "the modern picture-book's portal figure" and the presentation credited Where the Wild Things Are with "all at once [revolutionizing] the entire picture-book narrative ... thematically, aesthetically, and psychologically." In the U.S. he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association in 1983, recognizing his "substantial and lasting contributions to children's literature".
- Caldecott Medal from the ALA as illustrator of "the most distinguished American picture book for children", Where the Wild Things Are, 1964. (Sendak was one of the Caldecott runners-up seven times from 1954 to 1982, more than any other illustrator, although some have won multiple Medals.)
- Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, 1970
- National Book Award in category Picture Books for Outside Over There, 1982
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, 1983
- National Medal of Arts, 1996.
- Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature, 2003
Sendak was honored in North Hollywood, California, where an elementary school was named after him.
List of works 
- Kenny's Window (1956)
- Very Far Away (1957)
- The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960)
- The Nutshell Library (1962)
- Alligators All Around (An Alphabet)
- Chicken Soup with Rice (A Book of Months)
- One Was Johnny (A Counting Book)
- Pierre (A Cautionary Tale)
- Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
- Let's Be Enemies (written by Janice May Udry) (1965)
- Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (1967) ISBN 0-06-028479-X
- In the Night Kitchen (1970)
- Fantasy Sketches (1970)
- Ten Little Rabbits: A Counting Book with Mino the Magician (1970)
- Some Swell Pup or Are You Sure You Want a Dog? (written by Maurice Sendak & Matthew Margolis, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak) (1976)
- Seven Little Monsters (1977)
- Outside Over There (1981)
- Caldecott and Co: Notes on Books and Pictures (an anthology of essays on children's literature) (1988)
- We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993)
- Maurice Sendak's Christmas Mystery (1995) (a box containing a book and a jigsaw puzzle)
- Mommy? (Sendak's only pop-up book) (2006) ISBN 0-439-88050-5
- Bumble-Ardy (2011) ISBN 0-06-205198-9, ISBN 978-0-06-205198-1
- My Brother's Book (2013) ISBN 0-06-223489-7, ISBN 978-0-06-223489-6
- Atomics for the Millions (by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff) (1947)
- The Wonderful Farm (by Marcel Aymé) (1951)
- Good Shabbos Everybody (by Robert Garvey) (1951)
- A Hole is to Dig (by Ruth Krauss) (1952)
- Maggie Rose: Her Birthday Christmas (by Ruth Sawyer) (1952)
- A Very Special House (by Ruth Krauss) (1953)
- Hurry Home Candy (by Meindert DeJong) (1953)
- The Giant Story (by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers) (1953)
- I'll Be You and You Be Me (by Ruth Krauss) (1954)
- The Tin Fiddle (by Edward Tripp) (1954)
- The Wheel on the School (by Meindert DeJong) (1954)
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm (by Betty MacDonald) (1954)
- Charlotte and the White Horse (by Ruth Krauss) (1955)
- Happy Hanukah Everybody (by Hyman Chanover and Alice Chanover) (1955)
- Little Cow & the Turtle (by Meindert DeJong) (1955)
- Singing Family of the Cumberlands (by Jean Ritchie) (Oxford University Press, 1955)
- What Can You Do with a Shoe? (by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers) (1955, re-colored 1997)
- Seven Little Stories on Big Subjects (by Gladys Baker Bond) (1955)
- I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue (by Ruth Krauss) (1956)
- The Birthday Party (by Ruth Krauss) (1957)
- Little Bear (by Else Holmelund Minarik, there was also a TV series based on this series of books)
- Little Bear (1957)
- Father Bear Comes Home (1959)
- Little Bear's Friend (1960)
- Little Bear's Visit (1961)
- A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)
- Along Came a Dog (by Meindert DeJong) (1958)
- No Fighting, No Biting! (by Else Holmelund Minarik) (1958)
- What Do You Say, Dear? (by Sesyle Joslin) (1958)
- Seven Tales by H. C. Andersen (translated by Eva Le Gallienne) (1959)
- The Moon Jumpers (by Janice May Udry)(1959)
- Open House for Butterflies (by Ruth Krauss) (1960)
- Best in Children's Books: Volume 31 (various authors and illustrators: featuring, Windy Wash Day and Other Poems by Dorothy Aldis, illustrations by Sendak) (1960)
- Dwarf Long-Nose (by Wilhelm Hauff, translated by Doris Orgel) (1960)
- Best in Children's Books: Volume 41 (various authors and illustrators: featuring, What the Good-Man Does Is Always Right by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrations by Sendak (1961)
- Let's Be Enemies (by Janice Udry) (1961)
- What Do You Do, Dear? (by Sesyle Joslin) (1961)
- The Big Green Book (by Robert Graves) (1962)
- Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (by Charlotte Zolotow) (1962)
- The Singing Hill (by Meindert DeJong) (1962) (Harper Row)
- The Griffin and the Minor Canon (by Frank R. Stockton) (1963)
- How Little Lori Visited Times Square (by Amos Vogel) (1963)
- She Loves Me...She Loves Me Not... (by Robert Keeshan AKA Captain Kangaroo) (1963)
- McCall's: August 1964; VOL XCI, No 11 (featuring The Young Crane by Andrejs Upits, illustrations by Sendak)
- The Bee-Man of Orn (by Frank R. Stockton) (1964)
- The Animal Family (by Randall Jarrell) (1965)
- Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes (traditional nursery rhymes) (1965)
- Lullabyes and Night Songs (by Alec Wilder, edited by William Engvick) (1965)
- Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (by Isaac Bashevis Singer) (1966)
- The Bat-Poet (by Randall Jarrell) (1964)
- The House of Sixty Fathers (by Meindert De Jong) (1956)
- The Saturday Evening Post: May 4, 1968; 241st year, Issue no. 9 (features Yash The Chimney Sweep by Isaac Bashevis Singer)
- The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm: Volumes 1 & 2 (translated by Lore Segal with four tales translated by Randall Jarrell) (1973 both volumes)
- King Grisly-Beard (by Brothers Grimm) (1973)
- Pleasant Fieldmouse (by Jan Wahl) (1975)
- Fly by Night (by Randall Jarrell) (1976)
- The Light Princess (by George MacDonald) (1977)
- Shadrach (by Meindert Dejong) (1977)
- The Big Green Book (by Robert Graves) (1978)
- Nutcracker (by E.T.A. Hoffmann) (1984)
- The Love for Three Oranges (The Glyndebourne Version, by Frank Corsaro based on L'Amour des Trois Oranges (by Serge Prokofiev) (1984)
- Circus Girl (by Jack Sendak) (1985)
- In Grandpa's House (by Philip Sendak) (1985)
- The Cunning Little Vixen (by Rudolf Tesnohlidek) (1985)
- Dear Mili (written by Wilhelm Grimm) (1988)
- Sing a Song of Popcorn (by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers with various illustrators including Sendak) (1988)
- The Big Book for Peace (various authors and illustrators, cover also by Sendak) (1990)
- I Saw Esau (edited by Iona Opie and Peter Opie) (1992)
- The Golden Key (by George MacDonald) (1992) ISBN 0-374-42590-6
- We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes with Pictures (traditional nursery rhymes) (Harper Collins) (1993)
- Pierre: or, The Ambiguities: The Kraken Edition (by Herman Melville) (1995) ISBN 978-0-06-118009-5
- The Miami Giant (by Arthur Yorinks) (1995)
- Frank and Joey Go to Work (by Arthur Yorinks), also has additional illustrations by Ky Chung (1996)
- Penthesilea (by Heinrich von Kleist, translated and introduced by Joel Agee) (1998) ISBN 0-06-095632-1
- Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom (by Ursula Nordstrom, edited by Leonard S. Marcus) ISBN 0-06-023625-6
- Swine Lake (by James Marshall) (1999)
- Brundibár (by Tony Kushner) (2003)
- Sarah's Room (by Doris Orgel) (2003)
- The Happy Rain (by Jack Sendak) (2004)
- Bears! (by Ruth Krauss) (2005)
- The Art of Maurice Sendak (by Selma G. Lanes) (1980) ISBN 0-8109-1600-2
- The Art of Maurice Sendak: From 1980 to the Present (by Tony Kushner) (2003) ISBN 0-8109-4448-0
- Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation (by Gregory Maguire) (2009) ISBN 0-06-168916-5
- 1973: Where the Wild Things Are (Animated short direct by Gene Deitch, music and narration by Peter Schickele)
- 1985: Return to Oz (directed by Walter Murch, preliminary artwork)
- 2001: The Little Bear Movie (producer)
- 2009: Where The Wild Things Are (story)
- 2009: Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak, documentary filmed by Lance Bangs and Where the Wild Things Are director Spike Jonze. Released in the US on DVD by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
- 2010: Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (story), an animated/live action short adapted and directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Clyde Henry Productions), produced by Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay and Marcy Page (National Film Board of Canada)
Recent and upcoming exhibitions (selection) 
- June 11, 2013 - August 17, 2013. "MAURICE SENDAK: A Celebration of the Artist and his Work" at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd St, New York City).
- Permanent Collection Maurice Sendak Collection at The Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.
- September 8, 2009 – January 19, 2010. There's a Mystery There: Sendak on Sendak at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
- October 6, 2009 – November 1, 2009. Where the Wild Things Are: Original Drawings by Maurice Sendak at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
- April 15, 2005 – August 14, 2005. Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak at the The Jewish Museum in New York.
- "Maurice Sendak Papers". Lib.usm.edu. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
- "Author-illustrator Maurice Sendak's work is the subject of a show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum". San Jose Mercury News. 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2012.[dead link]
- Braun, Saul (June 7, 1970). "Sendak Raises the Shade on Childhood; Maurice Sendak says he's quite verbal, 'but I lie a lot'". The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
- "Why Maurice Sendak Puts Kid Characters in Danger". Morning Edition (NPR). September 26, 2006. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
- Patheos.com, Patheos on Maurice Sendak
- Wolfgang Saxon (February 4, 1995). "Jack Sendak, 71, a Writer Of Surrealist Books for Children". The New York Times.
- Hulbert, Ann (November 26, 2003). "How Wild Was the Work of Maurice Sendak?". Slate. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
- Ilan Stavans (ed.), Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album, The Library of America, 2004, pp. 70–71.
- Censorship Bibliography; Memories of Childhood: Six Centuries of Children's Literature at the de Grummond Collection[dead link]
- "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999", American Library Association
- "Maurice Sendak". NNDB. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
- Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak Online Gallery. Exhibition at The Jewish Museum, New York CityL.
- Maurice Sendak: "Where the Wild Things Are" PBS interview.
- Cohen, Patricia (September 9, 2008). "Concerns Beyond Just Where the Wild Things Are". The New York Times.
- "Tony Kushner celebrates Maurice Sendak, an old friend". The Guardian (London). December 6, 2003. Retrieved October 13, 2009.
- Bruni, Frank (May 24, 2007). "GLYNN, EUGENE DAVID, M.D.". The New York Times.
- Bermudez, Caroline (August 12, 2010). "Famed Children's Book Author Gives $1-Million for Social Services". The Chronicle of Philanthropy XXII (16): 28.
- On Maurice Sendak's death (8 May 2012), Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, aired 2003 and 2011 interviews she had conducted with Sendak. In September 2011 she said, "You're very secular, you don't believe in God." Sendak replied, "I don't," and elaborated. Among other things, he remarked, "It [religion, and belief in God] must have made life much easier [for some religious friends of his]. It's harder for us non-believers."
- Fox, Margalit (May 8, 2012). "Maurice Sendak, Children's Author Who Upended Tradition, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- "Reactions by authors and celebrities to the death of Maurice Sendak". The Washington Post. Associated Press. May 8, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
- "2003: Maurice Sendak: Researches Secret Recesses of Childhood". The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
- "Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, Past winners". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). ALA. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
"About the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
- "Also by Maurice Sendak," Where the Wild Things Are (Harper Trophy 25th Anniversary Edition, 1984)
- "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
"The Randolph Caldecott Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
- "National Book Awards - 1982". National Book Foundation. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "Lifetime Honors - National Medal of Arts". Nea.gov. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
- Frenette, Brad (February 16, 2010). "Montreal filmmakers team up with Spike Jonze and NFB for new Sendak short". The Ampersand (Toronto: National Post). Retrieved February 18, 2010.
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- "TateShots: Maurice Sendak", a five-minute interview, Tate Museum, 22 December 2011; "look back over his literary career, discuss his love for William Blake and hear why he believes that as an artist, 'you just have to take the dive'".
- "Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak", Fresh Air (NPR), May 8, 2012. With links to/excerpts of interviews in 1986, 1989, 1993, 2003 (re: Brundibár), 2009 ("Looking Back On Wild Things ...") and 2011 ("This Pig Wants To Party: Maurice Sendak's Latest").
- "Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are", NOW on PBS, interview by Bill Moyers, 2004. Other links: NOW: "The History of Brundibar"; American Masters: "Maurice Sendak"; HBO: "A Portrait of Maurice Sendak".
- PBS: American Masters A one-minute video clip
- NPR: Conversation with Maurice Sendak. A seventeen-minute audio interview by Jennifer Ludden, June 4, 2005.
- "Maurice Sendak", KCRW Bookworm Interview by Michael Silverblatt, May 18, 1992; "talks about The Nutcracker and the process of writing a book that became a classic."
- The Rosenbach Museum and Library Exhibition space for Sendak drawings
- "The Big Green Book : Maurice Sendak's Tribute to Beatrix Potter". Prints & Books. Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Works by or about Maurice Sendak in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- "Remembering Maurice Sendak through his Stephen Colbert interview", LA Times Showtracker blog, May 8, 2012. Highlights of one of Sendak's last public interviews; with Stephen Colbert; "months before his passing" (n.d.); with links to two-part interview at ColbertNation.com.
- "Maurice Sendak remembered by Tony Kushner: The author of Where the Wild Things Are was driven to make rich, complex, even dangerous art for children", Tony Kushner, The Guardian, 22 December 2012