The Strange But True Stories Behind Your Favorite Childhood Books

We all grew up reading a select few childhood classics. Our parents read these books to us as kids, we’ll read them to our children, and they’ll live on forever in the minds and hearts of entire generations.

Although these books seem innocent enough, they all have some pretty crazy stories behind their creations. Keep reading to find out which classic children’s author wrote a silly song about BDSM for Playboy, and to learn about the peculiar way the author of Goodnight Moon literally kicked the bucket.

Where The Wild Horses Are?


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Maurice Sendak’s classic book, Where the Wild Things Are was supposed to be titled, “Where the Wild Horses Are.”

Sendak said he didn’t know how to draw horses. When his editor asked him what he could draw, he said, “things.” So “things” is what he drew.