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Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Rosenthal speaking at the TEDx Waterloo conference, February 25, 2010
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died (aged 51)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, filmmaker
Alma materTufts University
GenresChildren's literature
Spouse(s)Jason Brian Rosenthal


Amy Krouse Rosenthal (1965 – March 13, 2017) was an American author of both adult and children's books, a short filmmaker, and former radio show host.[1]

Early life

Rosenthal was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated at Tufts University. She married Jason Brian Rosenthal. They had three children.


She was best known for her memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, her children's picture books, and the movie project The Beckoning of Lovely.[2][3][4][5][6] She was a prolific writer, publishing more than 30 children's books between 2005 and her death in 2017.[3][4][7]

She is the only author to have three children's books make the Best Children's Books for Family Literacy list in the same year.[8] She was a contributor to Chicago's NPR affiliate WBEZ and to the TED conference.[9][10]


Rosenthal died in Chicago, Illinois from ovarian cancer on 13 March 2017, aged 51.[11]


  1. "Amy Krouse Rosenthal, best-selling author, dead at age 51". 
  2. "Youth library programs offered in Evesham," South Jersey Local News, March 10, 2011, accessed March 29, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bruce Handy, "Children's Books: Happy to Be Me ... or Me!" New York Times, May 8, 2009; accessed March 29, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sally Lodge, "Q & A with Amy Krouse Rosenthal", Publishers Weekly, May 21, 2009; accessed March 29, 2011.
  5. "Amy Krouse Rosenthal" at HarperCollins Publishers Archived 2011-08-25 at the Wayback Machine, accessed May 16, 2011.
  6. "Amy Krouse Rosenthal Readies 'Beckoning of Lovely' Project", Chicago Magazine, November 2010; accessed May 16, 2011.
  7. Amy Krouse Rosenthal website, accessed May 16, 2011.
  8. "The Pennsylvania Center for the Book presents the 2010 A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy," Pennsylvania State University, 2010 Archived 2010-12-30 at the Wayback Machine, accessed March 30, 2011.
  9. Mission Amy KR blog, WBEZ Archived May 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, accessed May 16, 2011.
  10. "TEDActive 2011: Projects: Public Heart, Ted Conferences website, May 9, 2011 Archived June 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, accessed May 16, 2011.
  11. "Children's book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal dead at 51". 

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