In 1963 and 1964, two landmark children's books were published — in 1963, Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day and in 1964, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. Both won the Caldecott Medal award and both changed children's publishing forever.
The books could hardly be more different, from the colors and artistic techniques to the style, themes, and the two protagonists — Max and Peter.
Who's your favorite? Are you a Max person or a Peter person? It says a lot about your personality. Read the books and decide, and then compare your results with your friends and family.
I'll tell you what I am: I love them both, but I'm partial to Peter. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has sponsored a bookmaking contest for New York City school children for the past 23 years, and this year, the winners are on display at Hudson Park Library in the second floor children's room.
The artistry and variety are amazing. Come by Hudson Park Library's sunny and lively children's room and take a look at the work of book designers of the future! The books will be on display until May 15, 2009.