A writer of children’s books who was also a filmmaker and a former radio host, as well as an author of books for adults, has died. The New York Times reports that Amy Krouse Rosenthal died today at her home in Chicago from ovarian cancer. She was 51.
Rosenthal may be best known for her memoir “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” for her series of children’s picture books and for her film project “The Beckoning of Lovely.” She published more than 30 children’s books going back to 2005 and is reportedly the only author to have three children’s books enter the Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy list in the same year.
She was a contriubutor to the Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ and was also a TED Talks speaker.
The Times notes that Rosenthal wrote a column that the paper published earlier this month titled “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” in which she talked about knowing that she was dying of cancer. The column, the paper notes, “found an extraordinarily large readership.”
“Ms. Rosenthal’s bittersweet paean to her spouse of 26 years appeared as a Modern Love column in the online Style section of The Times on March 3 and in the Sunday newspaper section on March 5,” the report notes. The piece has attracted almost 4.5 million readers online, the paper adds.
Her many children’s books include “Little Pea,” ‘Little Hoot,” “The OK Book” and “Awake Beautiful Child.”