Known the world over for his picture books and art, Maurice Sendak was an influence to children born from 1960 and onward. His most famous work, “Where the Wild Things Are” won Caldecott Award (considered the Pulitzer Prize for children’s books). In later years, he moved from books to designing theater sets.
On a personal note, his work is what got me into the fantastical as a child and taught me how much fun books could be. For that, I will be eternally grateful.