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Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!

“Let the wild rumpus begin!” and celebrate Maurice Sendak today.

Where The Wild Things AreSendak is one of my favorite children’s authors and illustrators from my childhood and I love sharing him with my own kids. Born in 1928, the author introduced us to Max and the wild things and Mickey and the bakers in the night kitchen. He was involved early on with Sesame Street and helped bring us Really Rosie. He illustrated Else Holmelund Minarik’s Little Bear series of books along with over sixty other children’s books. He has produced both operas and ballets for television and the stage. His creative world and imagination are precious gifts to both kids and adults.

Ways to celebrate:
– Read Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen.
– Ask your kids to name their favorite part of Where the Wild Things Are.
Buy a collection of Wild Thing dolls or puppets from the New York Public Library Shop and let your kids create their own stories.
Sing along with Really Rosie.
– Listen to “A Conversation with Maurice Sendak” by Jennifer Ludden from NPR.
– Visit the Providence Children’s Museum today. Kids can dance the Wild Rumpus Dance, create wild things, and enjoy Maurice Sendak stories at 1pm & 2 pm.

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Written by Anisa Raoof