December 19, 2015 - January 31, 2016

TD Gallery, Main Level, Toronto Reference Library

About the Exhibit

The story of a disobedient boy with a fierce imagination, Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most beloved children's books of all time. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its publication, Toronto Public Library presents a retrospective exhibition of original artwork by the book's revered author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak.

See more than 50 works spanning Sendak's acclaimed career, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. The works on display highlight Sendak's range as an artist - beloved characters from Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, set and costume designs, animation cels, posters, and sketches for fans and close friends. The exhibition also features artwork from the Toronto Public Library's Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books.


Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons exhibition tour is managed by Opar Media, LLC. Special thanks to the lenders to the exhibition and to AFANYC for their support.

Additional support provided by the Friends of the Osborne Collection.

The 2015 TD Gallery season is generously sponsored by TD Bank Group.

Guided Tours

December 21, January 11, and January 25, 2016.

Tours begin at 2 p.m. in the TD Gallery.

Related programming

Sendak Preschool Time

Tuesdays, December 29, 2015 - January 25, 2016 beginning at 10 a.m.

Toronto Reference Library, TD Gallery

Make a Wild Thing with Barbara Reid!

Advanced registration is required.

Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Lillian H. Smith Branch, Community Room

Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium

Film Screening: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Wednesday, January 20, 2 p.m.

Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre

Related Exhibits

"Let the Wild Rumpus Start!" Celebrating Maurice Sendak

December 12, 2015 - March 5, 2016

Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, Lillian H. Smith Branch.