Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's classic 'Where the Wild Things Are' still tops polls as a favorite picture book and was adapted into a film in 2009.
First released on Nov. 23, 1963, Sendak’s tale is the story of Max, a boy who is sent to bed without his dinner after misbehaving. Once the lights go out, Max embarks on a journey to the land of the Wild Things, who crown him their ruler. The book won the 1964 Caldecott Medal.
Sendak is also the author of such books as “In the Night Kitchen” and “My Brother’s Book.”
Since its publication, various polls have captured the love readers feel for the book, including a 2007 online survey created by the National Education Association that named “Where the Wild Things Are” as one of teachers’ 100 best books for children and a 2012 poll by Library Journal that asked readers their favorite picture book of all time. “Where the Wild Things Are” came in at number one.