Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is published. It is awarded the 1964 Caldecott Medal. This helps mark a moment in modern children’s literature when, for the first time, “books for kids” address the poignancy and complexity of parent/child relationships head on. Where the Wild Things Are goes on to sell more than 19 million copies worldwide.


Maurice Sendak came up with the concept for Where the Wild Things Are while living in a Greenwich Village duplex in the 1960s—click here to listen to an audio excerpt from the HarperCollins NYC Author Audio Tour about how he created this transformative children’s book.