Yesterday marked what would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday. As many of you know, he is the acclaimed author of Where the Wild Things Are. The main character, Max, is liberated by his wild imagination, as he explores a world of monsters completely unparalleled to reality. Centered around children’s growth, survival, change and fury, it’s one of the essential stories to share with your children.
In honor of Sendak’s birthday, here are some other books you can read to tap into your child’s imagination:
Aunt Molly’s Attic by Breann M George
Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barett
Eloise: The Absolutely Essential 50th Edition by Kay Thompson
With kids becoming more and more dependent on video games or the Internet, it’s important to let them explore their imagination, a lesson that Sendak was very much aware of. Imaginative thinking is a key trait children need to exercise!