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President Obama lets the wild rumpus start!

December 12, 2010
At an easter function by the White House, President Obama read Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak aloud to children gathered.
Reading picture books aloud to a group of children is not so easily done. They are best shared sitting next to each other, so both the child and the reader can simultaneously enjoy the text and illustration. That said, President Obama gets an A for effort as he – with much amusement – reads the story. Just watch as he “stares without even blinking once”!
In this next video, President Obama says reading books given to him by his mother laid the foundation for his future success. And when asked which was his favorite book as a child, he answers: “My favorite book, which continues to be one of my favorite books:  Where the wild things are. I love that book, and my wife still thinks I’m Max.”
Maurice Sendak was the first winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2003 (together with Christine Nöstlinger). His instant classic Where the wild things are changed the picture book forever.
As the jury’s citation read:
Maurice Sendak is the modern picture-book’s portal figure. He is unparalleled in developing the picture-book’s unique possibilities of narrating – to the joy of constant new picture-book illustrators. Furthermore, he is one of the most courageous researchers of the most secret recesses of childhood – to the delight of constant new readers.