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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Amy Krouse Rosenthal  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: April 29, 1965 in Chicago

Died: March 13, 2017 in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

Rosenthal was a Chicago native.

Biographical and Professional Information

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a beloved author of both adult and children's books.


I Wish You More

New York Times Bestseller

I Sream! Ice Cream!

Ten Best Kids Books List for Spring,


10 Best Fiction Picture Books, School Library Journal, 2012

Bedtime for Mommy

Kids' Next List, Indie Booksellers, Spring 2010

Uni the Unicorn

NY Times Bestseller

Indie Bestseller

That's Me Loving You

Top picture book for December, Barnes & Noble

Best New Picture Book list, Children's Book Review

New Picture Books list, Kidsreads

Indie Next Kid's List Ranked #5, ABA

Top 5 book this winter, Needy Reader

Exclamation Mark!

Indiebound Bestseller

Starred Review, Kirkus

Starred Review, Booklist

Fresh Picks for Little Readers List, Daily Candy

Pick of the Day, School Library Journal


Best Picture Book Runner-Up, Colorado Children's Book, 2013

Soon-to-be-Classic Children's Book, Real Simple Magazine

Awake Beautiful Child

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

This Plus That: Life's Little Equations

Starred Review, Kirkus


Notable Children's Books List, NCTE, Fall 2013

Baker's Dozen, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, 2013

Best of the Best Books for Kids, Chicago Public Library, 2013

Teachers' Choice, IRA/CBC, 2013

Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, 2013

Young Hoosier Book Award Master List, 2013

Junior Library Guild Selection, 2012

Dear Girl,

New York Times Bestseller

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Little Pea

Starred Review, Kirkus

Selected Titles At Your Library

A valentine for Uni the Unicorn /
ISBN: 1984850229. OCLC Number: 1130253044

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Return to the world of the magical bestsellers Uni the Unicorn and Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True with the first original Uni board book! A perfect Valentine's Day gift for any unicorn lover! In this all-new board book based on the New York Times bestselling Uni the Unicorn, everyone's favorite unicorn is hoping to receive a valentine from someone very special...YOU! Uni fans will be delighted to return to the magical land of unicorns for this special Valentine's Day treat.

Al Pha's bet
ISBN: 9780399246012. OCLC Number: 646111898

G.P. Putnam's Sons,. .

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

Awake beautiful child :
ISBN: 1938073924. OCLC Number: 866622840

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New York Times best-selling picture-book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal teams with award-winning artist Gracia Lam to tell the sweet, simple story of a young child's typical day--from morning to bedtime. Like the title, each scene is described in three-word "ABC" phrases, such as "All Begins Cheerily" and "Always Be Curious" Secret "ABC" scenes hidden throughout the artwork--as a secondary "seek and find" game of sorts--encourage multiple readings and reward close-looking. An ideal read-aloud book to read just after waking or just before bed.

Bedtime for Mommy /
ISBN: 1599903415. OCLC Number: 349180009

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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.

ISBN: 0763697427. OCLC Number: 1120974753

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Chopsticks /
ISBN: 1423107969. OCLC Number: 722449155

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

Christmas cookies :
ISBN: 9780060580247. OCLC Number: 191931361

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

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons
ISBN: 006058081X. OCLC Number: 60557457

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A very easy look at values and behavior.

Dear Girl /
ISBN: 0062422502. OCLC Number: 978287196

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Encourages readers to accept and love themselves as they are and advises them to be confident, curious, adaptable, and willing to speak up.

Don't blink! /
ISBN: 0385391870. OCLC Number: 885026446

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"A page turns every time you blink, bringing you closer to the end of the book--and bedtime"--

Duck! Rabbit! /
ISBN: 0811868656. OCLC Number: 243601706

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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!

Encyclopedia of an ordinary life :
ISBN: 9781400080465. OCLC Number: 55494922

Crown Publishers,. .

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.

Exclamation mark /
ISBN: 0545436796. OCLC Number: 801928210

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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.

Friendshape /
ISBN: 0545436826. OCLC Number: 900624085

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Friends shape who we are. They make us laugh. They fill us with fun. They stand by us during life's up and downs. And even when we disagree with our friends, if they're tried-and-true, they don't stay bent out of shape for long. That's the beauty of a good buddy. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it's good to have a group of pals--Provided by publisher.

Holy cow, I sure do love you! :
ISBN: 1419722174. OCLC Number: 938991265

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

I scream-- ice cream! :
ISBN: 1452100047. OCLC Number: 747533083

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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.

I wish you more /
ISBN: 1452126992. OCLC Number: 859253227

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In simple text and pictures, the author and illustrator create a compendium of small daily moments.

It's not fair /
ISBN: 0061152579. OCLC Number: 145377987

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

Little Hoot /
ISBN: 1452152071. OCLC Number: 944120395

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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.

Little Miss, big sis /
ISBN: 0062302035. OCLC Number: 872382225

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Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow Little Miss as she learns to be a wonderful big sister.

Little Oink /
ISBN: 1452153191. OCLC Number: 973336367

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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.

Little Pea ;
ISBN: 1933938706. OCLC Number: 549617983

Nutmeg Media,. .

Little Pea: Little Pea doesn't like the candy his parents want him to eat for dinner and craves vegetables instead!; Little Hoot: Little Hoot doesn't want to stay up late as his parents insist and yearns to go to bed at a reasonable hour like his friends!; Little Oin: Little Oink doesn't like to be messy and wants to keep his room clean and tidy, must to his parents' chagrin!

On the spot :
ISBN: 1101932309. OCLC Number: 948667307

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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.

One of those days /
ISBN: 0399243658. OCLC Number: 61261214

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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.

One smart cookie :
ISBN: 0061429708. OCLC Number: 435967529

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

Plant a kiss /
ISBN: 0062416529. OCLC Number: 907144158

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

Spoon /
ISBN: 1423106857. OCLC Number: 301409607

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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?

ISBN: 1484749553. OCLC Number: 1115010393

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Sugar cookies :
ISBN: 0061740721. OCLC Number: 276514817

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

That's me loving you /
ISBN: 9781101932384. OCLC Number: 945767157

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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.

The book of eleven :
ISBN: 0836267753. OCLC Number: 38602725

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The mother's guide to the meaning of life :
ISBN: 1510731032. OCLC Number: 982102283

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Rosenthal has compiled a "scrapbook" of the kinds of things disheartened or over-whelmed mothers need to hear. She reminds moms that it's OK if their kids don't like them all the time, and that every mom fantasizes about running away. Her warm and hilarious guide share the warmth, joy, and purpose that make mothering such a rewarding job.

The mother's guide to the meaning of life :
ISBN: 1579543421. OCLC Number: 45439857

Daybreak Books ;. .

A mother shares the lessons she has learned while raising her three children in a realistic and humorous fashion.

The OK book /
ISBN: 0061152552. OCLC Number: 73741648

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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.

The same phrase describes my marriage and my breasts :
ISBN: 0740700502. OCLC Number: 40990226

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The wonder book /
ISBN: 0061429740. OCLC Number: 419854613

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

This plus that :
ISBN: 0061726559. OCLC Number: 256761656

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

Uni goes to school :
ISBN: 198485027X. OCLC Number: 1107107136

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Uni is eager to learn how to use her horn to fix things, but her teacher, Mr. Wise, says she must practice her magic and also use her heart.

Uni the unicorn /
ISBN: 0385375557. OCLC Number: 835116154

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Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real.

Uni the unicorn and the dream come true /
ISBN: 1101936592. OCLC Number: 970030428

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A powerful, shared wish helps Uni the unicorn and the little girl who believes in him to save the land of unicorns from seemingly endless rain.

Uni's first sleepover /
ISBN: 1984850237. OCLC Number: 1061798003

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When Uni the unicorn goes to her first sleepover, the other girls are better at every game, but later Uni has the opportunity to share her special talent.

Wumbers :
ISBN: 1452141223. OCLC Number: 799046225

Chronicle Books,. .

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

Yes Day! /
ISBN: 0061152595. OCLC Number: 236082065

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