Maurice Sendak was born on June 10th, 1928 in New York City. Sendak excelled at art as a child; he would often draw illustrations while sick at home. When Sendak grew older, he began to illustrate children’s books. In 1956, the first book that was both illustrated and written by Sendak was published: Kenny’s Window. 1968 would see one of Sendak’s most popular and renowned books: Where The Wild Things Are (a Caldecott medal winner).
Some of Sendak’s other well-known books include:
Sendak has also lent his illustrations to many children’s books, including The Moon Jumpers and Brundibar.
In 2012, Sendak died at age 83. However, his books and illustrations for children will continue to delight kids for generations.
Click here to see which Sendak books the library has to offer.
“Audubon, On the Wings of the World” is a fantastic graphic novel about a bird-obsessed man who goes on a journey to illustrate and document different species of birds. Audubon is truly passionate about birds, so much so that he makes the heart-wrenching decision to leave his wife and kids to travel across the southern United States to learn more about birds. As he travels, he creates amazing depictions of the many different feathered creatures.
While this graphic novel has been praised for its detailed and gorgeous artwork, the story itself has been criticized as being rather dark. The antagonists of the story are portrayed in grotesque forms and birds are shown being shot, killed and dissected.
Even still, the overall story is fascinating and beautiful; this is definitely worth a read!
*written by Donny Turner
For Harry Potter fans, nothing’s better than more Harry Potter books and movies! The library has just acquired the beautifully illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay. This new version of the 1997 classic features colorful, entertaining depictions of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and friends.
For fans of the original book, the library has the non-illustrated copy and an audiobook version as well. We also have the Harry Potter films!
Jane Austen’s classic novel, Sense And Sensibility, gets an update in the new annotated edition. Edited by Patricia Meyers Spacks, the story comes to life with helpful notes and further reading suggestions. The annotated edition also features over 50 different illustrations, including oil paintings and frescos of the novel’s setting.
This special edition of Sense And Sensibility is ready for check-out; its information can be found on our website. The library also holds the 1995 film version of Sense And Sensibility.