The literary world suffered a devastating loss on Monday, March 13 as children’s author and filmmaker, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Rosenthal was also the author of several memoirs, Textbook Amy Krause Rosenthal (2016) and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2005), and a public speaker. Rosenthal was 51 years old, and had a husband, three children, a brother, and parents that survive her.
Ms. Rosenthal wrote a staggering 28 children’s book enjoyed by children everywhere,
including Little Pea and Spoon. “I was simply born with a fondness for letters and language and predisposed to enjoy playing around with them and it,” Ms. Rosenthal wrote in a memoir.
Rosenthal also did TED Talk videos, which have become very famous. She wrote and spoke of enjoying the small moments, and they are just important, if not more, than the big moments.
Shortly before her death, she wrote a touching column in The New York Times titled “You May Want To Marry My Husband.” In it, she describes how she hopes that the right person will read it, and may love and take care of her husband Jason after she is gone. Even though she was actually ten days before her death, her writing was not only neat and coherent, but beautiful and bittersweet. The piece brought in responses from people with similar experiences, which can only bring people closer together.
Researching Ms. Rosenthal both inspired me and broke my heart. Despite her cancer diagnosis in 2015, she maintained her energy for life. The literary world can’t possibly be the same.