Maurice Sendak, famous author and illustrator best known for Where the Wild Things Are, was born on June 10, 1928. From an early age Sendak wanted to be an illustrator, and his love of books was intiated by several health problems that confined him to bedrest. He became an internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator with the publication of Where the Wild Things Are, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Sendak has won numerous other awards for his work, including the National Book Award and the National Medal for the Arts.
Tributary books have been written about him, and Where the Wild Things Are was made into a feature film in 2009