Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) received the National Book Award for his book of poems The Woman at the Washington Zoo. His children's book The Animal Family was named a Newbery Honor Book, and his translation of The Three Sisters was produced by The Actors Studio Theatre. Maurice Sendak's children's books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.
"'This is a shining jewel of a book.It cries to be read aloud at story hours, in classrooms, and at bedtime, for it speaks to every child.""-- School Library Journal""Children will cherish "The Bat-Poet," and they won't stop reading it, no matter how old they get.""-- Gene Shalit, McCalls"Poet Randall Jarrell says us his own song in a luminous, flawless prose that dances from the tongue and in batpoems of piercing lyric sweetness- Maurice Sendak's halflit woodland scenes and creatures are stroked exquisitely by pen 'in ink more gray than black. The totality charms by turns the eye, the ear, and the Imagination, and as true poetry must, it satisfies the heart-""-- School Library Journal""One of the most entrancing books for children of all ages, including mine, that I have ever read.""-- Conrad Aiken"