Arthur Yorinks (Author) Arthur Yorinks has written and directed for opera, theatre, dance, film, and radio and is the author of many acclaimed children's books, including Hey, Al, with illustrations by Richard Egielski, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1987. He was Maurice Sendak's friend for 40 years; their other collaborations included Mommy?, The Miami Giant, and the Night Kitchen Theater company, which they co-founded. Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. In his lifetime, he illustrated over 80 books, and received many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. He passed away in May 2012.