Where The Wild Things Are - an AWARD WINNING Book - The Caldecott Medal.


SWBAT: I can appreciate [or understand] authors and illustrators who break the mold. I can use digital tools - and create my own Wild Self.


Maurice Sendak [1928 - 2012] -authors who broke the rules - CONTROVERSIAL

Like Seuss and Silverstein, Maurice Sendak wrote about a boy who misbehaved when books were suppose to have children who modeled good behavior. But author/illustrator Maurice Sendak sees Max as a normal child.
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Illustrator/ Author Maurice Sendak

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal

I've devoted my life to those other freaky kids
who lick, sniff, and carry on over their books
before they even read them.”
—Maurice Sendak, Childhood Books I Remember

A Few Highlights

  • Illustrated /authored over 80 books.
  • Change children's books - controversy
  • National Medal of Arts - called it his first grown up award.
  • Wild Things was going to be be Where the Wild Horses Are - but he couldn't draw horses.
  • The Monsters are modeled after his relatives. [ and World War II]
  • It is President Obama's favorite book.

- Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times

"In Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," less -- 10 sentences, 37 pages, 338 words -- became more: a much-loved children's book that's sold more than 19 million copies worldwide, 10 million in the U.S." by Kenneth Turner

- From Mental Floss:

“Once 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.” - Maurice Sendak







Make Your Own Wild Self with the New York Zoos and Aquarium Site


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Click the picture above to make your own.

all ages

Online Games from Learning Games for Kids

click on the images below to play
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Which One

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Word-O-Rama

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Hang Mouse

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Story Blanks



Great Wiki of Where The Wild Things Are - Literature-in-the-Curriculum

http://literature-in-the-curriculum.wikispaces.com/Where+the+Wild+Thing+Are

Teaching Ideas has a wonderful resource Where The Wild Things Are


  • Illustrators/ Authors [picture books who broke the mold]
Big Idea: I will appreciate the work of illustrator /author Maurice Sendak and the Caldecott award.
Learning Objectives: Students will review the Caldecott winning book of Maurice Sendak and his contributions. Current Newbery and Caldecott winners will be introduced [age appropriate] and a review of the DDC system
Performance Task: storytelling, game and computer online practice creating wild animals.


**Lesson Link**

1.Extention: Non Fiction, Fiction and Easy - lessons from 1st sememster
2.Technology- online activitiy - brief video
3. Higher Level thinking skills - Is this Fiction or Nonfiction
4. Kagan: