Maurice Sendak Book Giveaway

Yesterday, I was saddened to hear that Maurice Sendak passed away. He was such an avant-garde writer and illustrator of children’s literature. His vision was truly unique. Over the years, his words and images have become such a happy part of our family’s bedtime reading; helping us to stretch our imaginations, think creatively and laugh.

I found it funny yesterday when my kids and I returned home from school to find a butterfly at our front steps. It floated around us for a bit and even tried to get inside of our house when we opened the door. My 7-year-old gently guided it out and the carefree butterfly happily fluttered off. “She must think this is an open house for butterflies!”, I said. My mind went directly to the illustrations from Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak’s book of the same name and my daughter and I agreed that the moment was a funny and heart-warming experience.

I thought it would be nice to do a Maurice Sendak book giveaway for you today. You can enter for a chance to win his book, Open House For Butterflies, by leaving your contact information in the “comments” section of this post or by emailing me at Winner will be chosen at random & contacted via email. One entry per person. Deadline for entry is May 21, 2012 – 12:00 pm CST.  Good Luck!

##This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Gail L. from California!##

"Open House For Butterflies", by Ruth Krauss & illustrated by Maurice Sendak.



  1. Michele  May 9, 2012

    And I thought I had read all of his books – this is new to me and would love to win.


  2. kristen  May 9, 2012

    What a sweet sweet giveaway! I love Maurice Sendak and Ruth Krauss, but am not familiar with this book…I would so love to win! Thank you for this opportunity!

  3. susie c.  May 9, 2012

    same here – thought i’d read them all! would love to add this book to my collection…

  4. Kim  May 9, 2012

    My daughter is obsessed with butterflies lately, I would love to read this to her!

  5. Jinger  May 9, 2012

    I love this book and I would love to have it! I too am sad to hear about his passing!

  6. Angie  May 10, 2012

    Sendak’s art is so amazing to look at and think about. I’d love a copy of this book.

  7. Marisol  May 10, 2012

    I would love to win this book, so I can tell the story to my ”kids” at school, here in Curaçao, an island in the Caribbean.

  8. Rachael  May 10, 2012

    I’d love to be entered, i’ve always been a fan of his work. In case you need my contact email it’s

  9. Jen  May 10, 2012

    What a thoughtful giveaway 🙂 Have you noticed more butterflies this spring? We have; must be the early spring we had here in Ontario (Canada).

    p.s. Happy early Mother’s day!

  10. nayana iliffe  May 10, 2012

    Where the wild things are was such a classic! I would love to read something else that he had a part of.

  11. louise  May 10, 2012

    This book looks cute. I’ve never read this one! It was very sad to learn of his passing yesterday.

  12. Rani Primmer  May 10, 2012

    Im sorry to hear about his passing. How beautiful it is that you would do this giveaway to honor him and further pass his legacy on. I have not heard of this book and would be thrilled to have it in my collection. Thank you for the opportunity.

  13. nestra  May 10, 2012

    I grew up with the MS books and my brand new little boy will too! I’d love of copy of this book to share with him

  14. furrydogs  May 10, 2012

    Great books!

  15. Usha  May 10, 2012

    Just like handcrafting…reading is another dying art…thanks for this wonderful giveaway….


  16. Aubrey  May 10, 2012

    I’d love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  17. April  May 10, 2012

    Two of my favorite authors and illustrators! How lovely!

  18. Heather  May 10, 2012

    My daughter would love this book! Thanks for the giveaway in honor of Maurice Sendak 🙂

  19. Abigail B  May 11, 2012

    Wow, I’d love to have a copy of this Maurice Sendak book – thanks!

  20. stef  May 11, 2012

    Quite some talent we get our inspiration from! Hope that keeps his spirit alive.

  21. Roseanna  May 11, 2012

    So many icons have passed, I must be getting older too, but I don’t feel it at all! A book to make us all feel young, for sure. Thank yo for hosting this giveaway in remembrance…

  22. Laura/Readerwoman  May 11, 2012

    Sendak was a childhood favorite of my kids (now 32 and 30!) and now I have grandsons – this would be a wonderful family treasure! Thanks for the opportunity to win…

  23. Renee G  May 13, 2012

    I haven’t seen this book before, but it looks like a cute story.

  24. Marty Musser  May 13, 2012

    What a nice giveaway. I actually haven’t read this one yet. I love Children’s Literature and Sendak is a favorite.

  25. Rachel  May 14, 2012

    I’d love to enter. He was an amazing and inspiring guy.

  26. Lauren  May 14, 2012

    Hooray! I love his books. Especially In the Night Kitchen.

  27. jill  May 14, 2012

    I miss the man already. What a human being.

  28. Julie  May 15, 2012

    Thank you for this tribute. I didn’t know there was another book by the fantastic duo that did “A Hole is to Dig”!

  29. Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist  May 15, 2012

    What a great giveaway!

  30. Stacie Fourroux  May 18, 2012

    I would Love to read this to my Two Boys! My son Avery just told me yesterday that they have a cocoon in a net type house in their Kindergarten Classroom. He is a little upset because he thinks that he may miss it if school ends before the butterfly transforms? I think he’s upset only because we tried this process ourselves from a catepillar we caught ourselves last year only for it to never transform? I think it unfortunately passed in utero????
    I felt terrible!! So I sure hope Avery gets to see his class Butterfly (fingers crossed)!

  31. Grammy Gail  May 19, 2012

    Generations of children will miss him.

  32. Nerea  May 21, 2012

    I’d love to have one of his books!fabulous illustration ! 😉