I was saddened today when I saw a post on my Facebook feed that referred to one of my very favorite children’s authors as the “dying author.” Amy Krouse Rosenthal has written some of the most wonderful picture books I have ever read. Every chance I got, I included Chopsticks or Spoon or Little Pea in my story times at the library. I read ! Exclamation Mark to my high school juniors as well as the little ones. I buy copies of I Wish You More for adults and children. I have gifted copies of all of these books and more by her to friends. The best of children’s literature is always inclusive – the little ones love and enjoy it but we never outgrow it. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s books meet that goal.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal has a very special place in children’s literature that gives children a wonderful story with humor and heart while teaching them that it’s okay to be who they are meant to be. Each of us has a purpose, and we should work to discover our own without being jealous of what others have. She has a message of love, caring, and hope. I feel like I know her heart through what she has written. After reading the article and hearing about the essay she wrote (see link below), I wish that I had actually gotten to know her. As a person. As a friend. As a woman who deserved the humor, kindness, caring, love and hope that her books have offered, and will continue to offer, so many children and adults.