As many of you, we were heartbroken when we read Amy Krouse Rosenthal's piece in the New York Times last week, You May Want to Marry My Husband. Chronicle books had a short tribute on their site this week. And others, like Malcolm Mitchell, have shared the ways she impacted their lives. We are joining the world in sending love and prayers to Amy and her family.
I keep looking back at the list of children's books that Amy has written over the years. She brought love and joy and kindness to all of her work Each book amazing in its own way. Each one teaching readers important life lessons in a playful way. In Duck! Rabbit! she taught us how to see things from different perspectives, In The OK Book, she reminded us that you don't have to be the best at everything you do, and in The Wonder Book she celebrated the magic of wondering. The list goes on and on.
And, if you have not read her adult book, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, it is a must-read. This books says so much and the creative way in which she puts it all together is brilliant.
For me personally, Amy's Beckoning of Lovely Project (inspired by the video 17 Things I Made) is what I think of every time I think of Amy. For me, this project is the anchor that ties all of Amy's work together and the message is the reason we all love her so much. It is a project I go back to a few times a year when I need to remember what it is that is important in this life. In all of her work Amy teaches us all to celebrate life and all that is part of life--all that is good in this world. This project was all about that.
Amy's website says, "Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things." We think that making the world a better place is what she does best. Thank you, Amy.