Maurice Sendak , innovative children’s author and illustrator, died today, Tuesday, May 08, 2012. He was 83. He wrote and illustrated such books as the trilogy Where the Wild Things Are (1963), In the Night Kitchen (1970), and Outside Over There (1981); The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960); Higglety Pigglety Pop!  (1967) and his latest Bumble-ardy  (2011). Sendak also was an illustrator for numerous children’s authors, such as Else Holmelund Minarik and Ruth Krauss . His stories and drawings have thrilled a generation of young readers born in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s who are now sharing their love of these classics with the children in their lives.