Amy Krouse Rosenthal: A Celebration of her Life

Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things.

She was born on 29th of April 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, the city she loved and lived in all her life until her death on March 13th 2017.

She will be missed by all who love her: from her beloved family to her amazing fans. Her award-winning books are part of her huge legacy, and her curious and creative spirit lives on in them, and in her children.

Her YouTube videos and TedTalk contributions were funny and inspiring, and the impact she had on the world and people around her will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, Amy.




We hope you are inspired to visit Amy’s page to see more of her work, and to celebrate her life with us.

Her children’s books are quirky and fun, and highly recommended.

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If you feel the need for something a little more grown up then Amy’s book Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal is perfect. As recommended by John Green, of Paper Towns fame:

“You know how you have—or I hope you have—a quirky and delightful friend who is just the most fascinating person you know? I have the perfect gift book for that person. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a wonderfully eccentric memoir that is enhanced by texting, really.”

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Iconic Albums Reimagined With a Harry Potter Twist…

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MTV, with the help of The Old Red Jalopy Shophave created these odd-but-imaginative recreations of iconic albums with a Harry Potter twist.

Unfortunately the MTV website no longer shows the images but we have managed to grab them and pop them together here before they left the internet. We’d hate for you to miss out on this Harry Potter inspired treat.

Take a gander at these beauties and let us know what you think!

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For many British children in particular, she has been a large part of the childhood literary experience. Her illustrations are warm and colourful, and invoke memories of home cooked meals and cuddling up with a parent or grandparent for story time.

Shirley Hughes has been popular since 1960 and her work still holds up today as pieces of wonderful children’s literature. As a celebration of her writing and illustration, we have collated her top 5 best selling books according to Amazon.

Happy reading!

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This birthday the Duchess is working with the Literacy Trust to create an initiative called The Duchess’s Bookshelves and what this means in reality is books for schools up and down the country! Read More

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For our latest on site poll we quizzed you for some recommendations on children’s books that have a good message for adults too. We counted almost a thousand replies and from those we have a list of 50 children’s books all adults should read.

Of course we don’t want to dictate what you should read, but from your votes we have a list of fifty children’s books that you recommended! We’re sure many of you will have your own suggestions too, feel free to add them in the comments. Read More

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Judith Kerr was born on 14th June 1923 in Hamburg, Germany to a German-Jewish theatre critic. The family fled Germany in 1933 on the eve of war, fearful because Judith’s father had been openly critical of the Nazis, events that inspired her writing for years to come.

Originally a budding artist, this was put on the backburner when she became a refugee. Eventually the family would settle in Britain and when Judith had her own children she started writing and drawing again. Read More

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Back in February we brought you the shortlist of the Children’s Book Award 2017 and it made for an interesting collection of books. In a ceremony in London today the overall winner was announced and it’s a record-breaking fourth win for Michael Morpurgo for his book An Eagle in the Snow.

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