Maurice Sendak Talking Books


When the Rosenbach Museum & Library approached us with the idea of creating a talking bookcase to do just this for their Sendak in the 60s exhibition, we wondered, "why not let the books speak?"

So, we took three of his popular children's books and turned them into interactive, hands-on audio exhibits. The exhibition celebrates the creative vision an innovation of Maurice Sendak during this period, and three books in particular represent his break-through work. As visitors page through Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen (we're especially fond of that one, as you might expect), or the 4 mini-books nested inside The Nutshell Library, Patrick Rodgers, the Curator of the Maurice Sendak Collection, narrates the stories behind the creation of each book.

Most important to our design solution was keeping as close to the authentic experience of reading a classic children's book as possible. It should feel natural with the audio augmenting the experience in a valuable way. Miniature audio units embedded within specially bound books make it possible to simultaneously experience both audio and visual components of these beloved works. This elegant design maintains the tactile nature of the children's book, requires a minimal footprint, and appeals to both children and adults alike — allowing all museum-goers to get lost in a good book.

As the Rosenbach celebrates the creative vision and innovation of Maurice Sendak in their Sendak in the ‘60s exhibition, we took three of his popular children’s books and turned them into interactive, hands-on exhibits.


Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak Talking Books