I first learned of Amy Krouse Rosenthal from my mother who, at the time, directed an after school program for PreK-5th grade with a staff of about 20 teachers and assistants. Always in search of good material for her staff meetings, she used Amy's book Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons
means, How about you add the chips while I stir?" and "Trustworthy
means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie." What great visuals for children and grown-ups alike! (And a great excuse to serve and eat cookies!) Amy went on to add One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond
; Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love
; and Christmas Cookies; Bite-Size Holiday Lessons
to her set of cookie-themed picture books. That was the beginning of my love for Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
“ADMIRE means, I really look up to you and the way you are with your cookies. You remind me of what is good and possible in this world.”
She subsequently created a wonderful optical illusion book, Duck! Rabbit!
that is so much fun to use with groups; two picture books perfect for the classroom, Exclamation Mark
; and a pile of picture books that share simple messages including being proud of your uniqueness (Spoon
), being satisfied with being just OK (The OK Book
), fairness (It's Not Fair
) and being happy on one's own (Chopsticks
). I've used all these books with visiting classes over the years. Amy endeared her work to me even more when she partnered with my very favorite illustrator, Peter Reynolds, on a few recent books including Plant a Kiss
Perhaps the loveliest of Amy's books is I Wish You More
, a visually pleasing set of wishes illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Books, Amy's publisher, recently issued a blog post
encouraging readers to send out their own wishes marked #loveforamykrouserosenthal in honor of her last days.
I didn't realize Amy had written books for adults including several memoirs: Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
, Mother's Guide To The Meaning Of Life: What I've Learned On My Never Ending Quest To Become A Dalai Mama
, and Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal
. I have Encyclopedia
on hold currently and hope it is as delightful as her picture books. I wish I had know about these before! Amy's YouTube channel
gathers her video projects (of which there are many) with her Ted Talk, 7 Notes on Life
likely her most well known. Here
is a link to the Publisher's Weekly
obituary for Amy. And another
in the New York Times.
And in her own words:
"Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.
Some things she likes to make:
Connections with the universe.
Something out of nothing.
**Another tidbit to swell my heart with love for Amy's work? The video
in which she demonstrates her great affection for libraries thru her home decor style, "Book Lover Modern." Siiiiiiiiiiigh.