Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Tribute to Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A few weeks ago, on March 13, 2017, author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal passed away at age 51 after her battle with ovarian cancer. Before her passing, she had written a letter titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband” that was published by The New York Times and quickly went viral online. The letter is incredibly open and moved me to tears. Rosenthal is known for being an incredibly positive person, and after reading her letter about her husband it’s easy to see why.

I’m sure that many of you parents out there are already familiar with some of her work. Rosenthal has written 28 children’s books. Her books focused on looking for the good in the world and challenging readers to look at the world in a different way. But her positivity wasn’t just limited to her books. One of her favorite projects was her YouTube video “17 Things I Made” in which she showed off 17 things she had made, ranging from her books, to a song, to her kids. She invited her fans to join her at Chicago’s Millennium Park to make an 18th cool thing.

So in her memory, here are a couple of my favorite books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

“I wish you more” is a simple wish, and the premise of this book. More hugs, more stories, more good than bad. And more has a special meaning for Rosenthal. It was her first word and eventually became her first tattoo, which she got to match a librarian who had given her the idea.

Little Miss, Big Sis
Becoming an older sibling can be both incredibly exciting and frustrating. It’s a big responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. Not to worry, Little Miss is up to the task! She welcomes her new little sister with open arms and understanding. Should my own niece ever become a big sister this will be the first book she gets after the good news.

One of the most interesting things to watch is kids figuring out words and speech. This silly book of wordplay is sure to make any little one giggle, and Serge Bloch’s illustrations are perfect. It’s a good way to challenge your kids to discover different homonyms.

Exclamation Mark
I actually ran into this book while I was student teaching at a book fair and the kids were jumping over each other to get it. It tells the story of Exclamation Mark, who just can’t seem to fit in with the other punctuation. He stands out too much and is way too loud for the periods. But once he stops trying to fit in he is able to discover exactly what makes him so special.

Friends help to shape who we are. They make us happy and hold us up. And even though friends may fight, at the end of the day they fill our lives with joy and love. Friendshape is a great book for practicing shapes with your kids, plus, who doesn’t love a good visual pun?

So in her memory, go out and make something! Read a story! Sit under a tree! Visit someone you love! And to all of Amy’s friends and family, I wish you more.


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