The Big Wild Rumpus is a nationwide campaign to celebrate the nation’s love of the Maurice Sendak book, Where the Wild Things Are on 13th June.

This summer, wild things will be gathering in villages, towns and cities on the 13th of June at 11am to read the book aloud and have a Big Wild Rumpus in the middle. Gnashing of terrible teeth, rolling of terrible eyes and showing of terrible claws will be actively encouraged as young and old alike unleash their inner wild things.

The Big Wild Rumpus is organised by:

Penguin_RandomHouse_Childrens_PRH_color_typesmall Random House Children’s Publishers is one of the UK’s largest children’s publishers, made up of eight imprints. Their oldest, The Bodley Head, was originally founded in the nineteenth century. They are part of The Random House Group Ltd.

Today, they are proud to be the home of award-winning authors and illustrators as well as commercial contemporary writing, seminal classics and exciting new talent.


wildrumpuswebWild Rumpus immerse families in incredible stories. They produce ambitious outdoor large scale events such as Just So Festival and the Lost Carnival, are the founders of the Northern Festivals Network, and work from a woodland in Cheshire, which also offers volunteers and creative individuals a place to explore the outdoor arts sector.

The events that Wild Rumpus organise take families out of their day to day lives into enchanting places and stories. Wild Rumpus believe in the power of a moment of wonder to open a families eyes to the magic in everyday life.


The Big Wild Rumpus is part of Children’s Art Week 2015 – a UK-wide celebration of the visual arts for children and young people, from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 June. Find out more at www.childrensartsweek.org.uk