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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Amy Krause Rosenthal  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: April 29, 1965, in Chicago

Died: March 13, 2017, in Chicago

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-- Amy Krause Rosenthal on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rosenthal was a native Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Amy Krause Rosenthal was a prolific award-winning author with more than 40 titles for children and adults to her credit. At the time of her death, she had written seven additional books which will be forthcoming. A number of Rosenthal’s children’s books were New York Times bestsellers.

Published Works

  • Little Oink, Chronicle Books, 2017
  • On the Spot: Countless Funny Stories, Random House, 2017 - written with Lea Redmond
  • That's Me Loving You, Random House, 2016
  • Holy Cow, I Sure Do Love You!: A Little Book That's Oddly Moo-ving, Abrams, 2016 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • Friendshape, Scholastic, 2015 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • I Wish You More, chronicle Books, 2015 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • Little Miss, Big Sis, HarperCollins, 2015
  • A Week in the Life of Me, Chronicle Books, 2015
  • Highlights of Your Life, Potter Style, 2014
  • Uni the Unicorn, Random House, 2014
  • Exclamation Mark, Scholastic Press, 2013 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • I Scream! Ice Cream!: A Book of Wordles, Chronicle Books, 2013
  • Wumbers, Chronicle Books , 2012 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • Chopsticks, Hyperion Book, 2012
  • Al Pha's Bet, Putnam, 2011
  • This Plus That: Life's Little Equations, HarperCollins, 2011
  • Plant A Kiss, HarperCollins, 2011 - Spanish edition available
  • The Wonder Book, HarperCollins, 2010
  • Bedtime for Mommy, Bloomsbury, 2010
  • One Smart Cookie: Bite-Size Lessons for the School Years and Beyond, HarperCollins, 2010
  • My Baby Book: A Keepsake Journal, Potter Style, 2010
  • The Grandparent Book: A Keepsake Journal, Potter Style, 2009
  • The Big Sibling Book: Baby's First Year According to ME, Potter Style, 2009
  • Little Oink, Chronicle, 2009
  • Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love, HarperCollins, 2009
  • Spoon, Hyperion, 2009
  • Duck! Rabbit!, Chronicle, 2009 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, HarperCollins, 2009
  • Yes Day!, HarperCollins, 2009 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons, HarperCollins, 2008
  • It's Not Fair!, HarperCollins, 2008 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • Words to Remember: A Journal for Your Child's Sweet and Amusing Sayings, Potter Style, 2008
  • Your Birthday Book: A Keepsake Journal, Potter Style, 2007
  • The OK Book, HarperCollins, 2007 - Illustrated by Illinois author/illustrator, Tom Lichtenheld
  • Little Hoot, Chronicle, 2007
  • One of Those Days, Putnam Juvenile, 2006
  • The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly, Potter Style, 2006
  • Encylopedia of a Normal Life, Broadway, 2005
  • Little Pea, Chronicle, 2005
  • The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What I'Ve Learned in My Never-Ending Quest to Become a Dalai Mama, Hallmark, 2001
  • The Mother's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What Being a Mom Has Taught Me About Resiliency,
  • Guilt, Acceptance, and Love, Sky Horse, 2001
  • The Same Phrase Describes My Marriage and My Breasts: Before the Kids, They Used to Be Such a Cute Couple, Andrews McMeel, 1999
  • The Book of Eleven: An Itemized Collection of Brain Lint'', Andrews McMeel, 1998

Selected Titles At Your Library

Little Oink /
ISBN: 1452153191. OCLC Number:

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Little Oink is a neat little pig, but his parents will not allow him to play until he is messy, as pigs should be.

On the spot :
ISBN: 1101932309. OCLC Number:

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Readers are asked to provide objects, which are then inserted in blank spaces in the rhyming story about a child's active day.

That's me loving you /
ISBN: 1101932384. OCLC Number:

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Shares messages about how a parent's presence and devotion can be recognized in the natural world, from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.

Holy cow, I sure do love you! :
ISBN: 1419722174. OCLC Number:

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A series of simple illustrations of a spotted cow paired with bovine puns share all the ways to love someone.

Exclamation mark /
ISBN: 0545436796. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York :. 2013.

A punctuation mark feels bad that he does not fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted.

I scream-- ice cream! :
ISBN: 1452100047. OCLC Number:

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"What do 'I Scream!' and 'Ice Cream!' have in common? Nothing--besides the fact that they sound the same! The ever-surprising Amy Krouse Rosenthal unleashes her prolific wit in this silly and smart book of wordplay. Perfectly complemented by equally clever illustrations from the talented and internationally renowned Serge Bloch, this mind-bending book will have young readers thinking about words in an entirely new way!"--Provided by publisher.

Wumbers :
ISBN: 1452110220. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco, Calif. :. 2012.

Shares illustrated clues and alphanumeric combinations that substitute numbers for letters with the same sound.

Chopsticks /
ISBN: 1423107969. OCLC Number:

Disney/Hyperion,. New York :. 2012.

When a pair of chopsticks get separated, after some traumatic moments the two friends eventually learn to stand on their own.

Al Pha's bet /
ISBN: 0399246010. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2011.

Al Pha makes a bet with himself that he can invent the perfect order for the twenty-six letters.

This plus that :
ISBN: 0061726559. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2011.

Simple arithmetical equations show how big and small moments add up in life.

Plant a kiss /
ISBN: 0061986755. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2012.

One small act of love blooms into something bigger and more dazzling than Little Miss could have ever imagined.

The wonder book /
ISBN: 0061429740. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York, NY :. ©2010.

Poems, brief stories, word games, and palindromes let children have fun with words and also learn various facts and concepts.

Bedtime for Mommy /
ISBN: 1599903415. OCLC Number:

Bloomsbury,. New York :. 2010.

In a reversal of the classic bedtime story, a child helps her mommy get ready for bed, enduring pleas for one more book, five more minutes of play time, and a glass of water before the lights go out.

One smart cookie :
ISBN: 0061429708. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2010.

Presents vocabulary words and life lessons, with cookie-baking as the theme of the book.

My baby book /
ISBN: 030746542X. OCLC Number:

Potter Style,. New York :. ©2010.

Book is divided into three labeled sections: "(1) My arrival: Details about how I got here and the scoop on my family background. (2) My first year: A brief written snapshot of my life each month with allotted slots for see-me-grow photographs. (3) My gallery of firsts: A collection of moments, milestones, and sundry achievements throughout the big year."

Little Oink /
ISBN: 0811866556. OCLC Number:

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Little Oink is a neat little pig, but his parents will not allow him to play until he is messy, as pigs should be.

Sugar cookies :
ISBN: 0061740721. OCLC Number:

Harper,. New York :. ©2009.

Baking cookies teaches us many lessons about life and love. Includes a recipe for sugar cookies.

Spoon /
ISBN: 1423106857. OCLC Number:

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Spoon's always been a happy little utensil. But lately, he feels like life as a spoon just isn't cutting it. He thinks Fork, Knife, and The Chopsticks all have it so much better than him. But do they? And what do they think about Spoon?

Duck! Rabbit! /
ISBN: 0811868656. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2009.

From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor here, there's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing, reading it again!

Cookies :
ISBN: 006058081X. OCLC Number:

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A very easy look at values and behavior.

Yes Day! /
ISBN: 0061152595. OCLC Number:

HarperCollins,. New York :. ©2009.

A little boy gets everything he asks for on Yes Day, a special day that only comes once a year.

Christmas cookies :
ISBN: 0060580240. OCLC Number:

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Presents vocabulary words and holiday lessons using Christmas cookies as the theme of the book.

It's not fair /
ISBN: 0061152579. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. 2008.

Assorted children, animals, creatures, and objects all wonder why life is not always fair.

Your birthday book - a keepsake journal.
ISBN: 0307342301. OCLC Number:

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The OK book /
ISBN: 0061152552. OCLC Number:

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A character enumerates a great many things that it enjoys doing, although not great at any of them, knowing that someday it will excel at something.

Little Hoot /
ISBN: 081186023X. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2008.

Little Hoot wants to go to bed early, like all of his friends do, and he is hopping mad when Mama and Papa Owl insist that he stay up late and play.

One of those days /
ISBN: 0399243658. OCLC Number:

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. New York :. ©2006.

Children show that even when you have an unpleasant Sad for no Reason Day, an Itchy Sweater Day, or an Annoying Sibling Day, you can expect a better day tomorrow.

The belly book :
ISBN: 0307336182. OCLC Number:

Potter Style,. [New York] :. ©2006.

"The first pregnancy journal devoted 100 percent to you and your growing belly, The belly book is organized by trimester and includes pages for 'time lapse' belly photos and ultrasound images, as well as prompts for writing about morning sickness, cravings, maternity clothes you never want to see again, plus much more"--Page 4 of cover.

Encyclopedia of an ordinary life :
ISBN: 1400080460. OCLC Number:

Crown Publishers,. New York :. ©2005.

An offbeat memoir is written in the form of an encyclopedia in which the author chronicles her life through a series of alphabetical entries that cover both the trivial and the essential elements of her world as she ponders everything from love and truth to shower tiles.

Little Pea /
ISBN: 081184658X. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2005.

Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.

The mother's guide to the meaning of life :
ISBN: 1602396558. OCLC Number:

Skyhorse Pub.,. New York :. ©2009.

The same phrase describes my marriage and my breasts :
ISBN: 0740700502. OCLC Number:

Andrews McMeel Pub.,. Kansas City, Mo. :. ©1999.

The book of eleven :
ISBN: 0836267753. OCLC Number:

Andrews McMeel,. Kansas City, Mo. :. ©1998.



  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014
  • Wumbers

  • 2012 Parents' Choice Award