Photo by John Dugdale
“I gratefully accept this award and wish to thank my editor and best friend, Ursula Nordstrom, along with William Blake, Randolph Caldecott, Jean de Brunhoff, and all those grand masters of the picture book―that delectable, bright, and beautiful form that has yet to be recognized as more than a form proper only to books for children. Hail to the glorious picture book! And thank you.”
-Maurice Sendak accepts the 1982 National Book Award for Children’s Books (Picture Books).