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Because today is my birthday, I want to dedicate this day’s page to a favorite book and author. There was a time in my childhood when all I wanted to be was the boy in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. He created a book that made me think I could be the boy in the story. I love books like that and its magic has stayed with me throughout my life. I’m grateful for it.
1. “Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.” – Maurice Sendak
2. “I do not believe that I have written a children’s book. I don’t know how to write a children’s book. How do you write about it? How do you set out to write a children’s book?” – Maurice Sendak
3. “Reading is sitting on your parent’s lap. Reading is a physical act. A book should be beautiful. Every book that’s manufactured should have textures and qualities and smells as though it were a toy, as though were it something precious. And then when you’re read to by a parent, mom or pop, and your sitting on the lap…then you have the whole thing. You have the total organization of parent, child, and book – fusion. That’s something television or any other form cannot give a human being.” – Maurice Sendak
4. In an interview with Martha Stewart, Maurice Sendak shared his favorite childhood books. They included Mickey Mouse in Pygmy Land, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, and Alice in Wonderland. He was also asked to share the favorite book he had written, Outside Over There, a story about he and his sister. He described this book as his most personal story.
5. Now that I’m a dad, my favorite Maurice Sendak book is the gem titled Pierre. This is also the favorite book to read to my college students and education majors each semester. Just click on the book cover to go straight to the video reading of it: