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Top 5: Maurice Sendak Picture Books

Celebrating Maurice Sendak on His Birthday!

Happy birthday to Maurice Sendak today, beloved author and Caldecott winning illustrator. To be honest, I am not sure why I remembered that today is Maurice Sendak’s birthday. I am normally bad at remembering most people’s birthdays, but particularly bad at authors (note how I keep forgetting Dr. Seuss’!). Thankfully, I read about his birthday somewhere and stuck in a blog place holder. He is one of our favorite picture book authors and I noticed that both my girls and little boy love it — a tough feat to pull off!

To celebrate, I thought I would list our Top 5 favorite books of his. What are yours? Please share!


5. In the Night Kitchen

Admittedly, I don’t totally get this picture book, but I checked it out of the library one day and my kids liked it.

4.Alligators All Around

This sweet alphabet book can be sung as a story as well as just read aloud.

3. Chicken Soup with Rice

My oldest child’s first grade teacher used a huge version of this book as the basis for a song and dance routine. It also helped them learn the months of the year. Nice bonus!

2.Little Bear series by Else Homelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

I love, love, love the Little Bear series and it wouldn’t have the same charm without Sendak’s Caldecott Award Winning illustrations. Technically this series is an Easy Reader, not a picture book but I am not a librarian so I am not so hung up on that.

1.Where The Wild Things Are

Ah! A classic that I loved as a child and my kids do too! I love that when multi-generations love the same book. It is a perfect picture book in every way possible. One note, thought there isn’t much text on the pages, the book has more difficult “literacy” rating than you’d think because of the advanced vocabulary.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Laurie Moulton

    Thanks for the post! It inspired me to plan a wild rumpus for my kids. (I linked your article in my blog post.)

    Thanks again!

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